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THE Speeches of Mr. Fox contain such a
various fund of political information, that however imperfect the reports of them may be, it would have been a great public loss if any of them had been suffered to perish, or if, by being scattered through the parliamentary history of the country, for the long space of nearly forty years, they could not, without difficulty, have been brought under one view, or be readily referred to, as the subjects of them might occur hereafter.
With these impressions, the Editor was induced to set about a collection of Mr. Fox's Speeches, from his entrance into Parliament in 1768, to the period of his death in 1806; prefixing to each Speech, as he went along, such an historical sketch as, while it rendered the subject of the Speech intelligible, should, at the same time, present the reader with a correct and undisguised view of the parliamentary conduct, on all great questions, not only of Mr. Fox, but of the party of which he was, for so many years, the leader.
When the Speeches were at length collected together, the Editor, before he resolved to publish them, requested permission of Lord Erskine to send them to his Lordship, that he might judge whether, with all their imperfections, they were worthy of publication. Lord Erskine, after obligingly saying in answer, that at his earliest leisure he would look at them, wrote the following Letter to the Editor, which he has obtained his Lordship’s permission to publish, and which renders any further preface unnecessary.
Panton Square, .: May 10. 1815.