1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Fox

Richard Polwhele, in Biographical Sketches in Cornwall (1831) 2:62-63.



In humour of a different complexion from that of Wolcot, CHARLES FOX was allowed to excel — the ingenious author of The Cornish Dialogues. He was the son of Joseph Fox, a quaker; who was a grocer at Falmouth. Charles kept a bookseller's shop; but failing in that business, removed to London and thence to Bristol. He died at Caroline-Buildings, Bath, about the year 1808. He was said to have been well versed in Oriental learning. His Dialogues are proofs of his humour and an accurate observation of character. They have been long circulated in MS. through the West of Cornwall. I have seen other similar pieces; but (like most imitations with respect to their originals) they fall very short of Fox's in spirit and characteristic propriety.