Fox to a friend on the French Revolution

Letter from Charles James Fox to his friend, Mr Fitzpatrick, on the French Revolution.

July 30th 1789

Dear Dick,

I was not surprised to hear you meaned to go to Paris, but am very much so at your having put it off. If you go you had better come this way, as I should be glad to talk it over with you a little, and it is not quite impossible but I may go too. How much the greatest event it is that ever happened in the world! And how much the best!

If you go without me seeing you, pray say something civil for me to the Duke of Orleans, whose conduct seems to have been perfect: and tell him and Lauzun, that all my prepossessions against French connections for this country will be at an end, and indeed most part of my European system of politics will be altered, if this Revolution has the consequences that I expect.

Yours ever,


Source: Memorials and Correspondence of Charles James Fox, Vol II by Lord John Russell