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Fox And Gibbon

When Mr. Fox's furniture was sold by auction, after his decease in 1806,

amongst his books there was the first volume of his friend Gibbon's

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: by the title-page, it appeared

to have been presented by the author to Fox, who, on the blank leaf, had

written this anecdote of the historian:--"The author, at Brookes's, said

there was no salvation for this country until six heads of the principal

persons in administration were laid upon the table. Eleven days after,

this same gentleman accepted a place of lord of trade under those very

ministers, and has acted with them ever since!" Such was the avidity of

bidders for the most trifling production of Fox's genius, that, by the

addition of this little record, the book sold for three guineas.

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