Holland, Henry Fox

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Henry Edward Fox, 4th Baron Holland, of Holland, 4th Baron Holland, of Foxley, MP (7 May 1802 – 18 December 1859) was briefly a British Whig politician and later an ambassador.  Autograph Slip Writing Signed, 1839 -  4 1/2 x 3 written in blk ink with the stamped seal of the British Crown Dated: 'FREE 22 AP 22 1839'. Rich age-toning seen throughout overall, fine condition.  

Fox was born at Holland House, London, the eldest legitimate child of the 3rd Baron Holland and his wife, Elizabeth Vassall, and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.

He briefly held the seat of Horsham from 1826-27 before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1831, after which he was Secretary to the Legation at Turin from 1832–35, Attaché at St Petersburg, Secretary at the Embassy in Vienna from 1835–38, to the German Confederation in 1838 and to Florence from 1839-46.

On 9 May 1833, he had married Lady Mary Augusta Coventry (11 May 1812 – 23 September 1889) (a daughter of the 8th Earl of Coventry). Although the marriage produced no children, they did have an adopted daughter, Marie "Mary" Henriette Adelaide Fox (Paris, 21 December 1850 – Schloss Burgstall, Styria, 26 December 1878) (who was said to be and most likely was his illegitimate child by an unknown presumably French mother), who married in London on 27 June 1872 Aloys Franz de Paula Maria Prinz von un zu Liechtenstein (Prague, 19 November 1846 – Vienna, 25 March 1920) (son of Prince Franz de Paula of Liechtenstein and wife Countess Julia Potocka, and later remarried in Vienna on 20 May 1890 without issue to Johanna Elisabeth Maria von Klinkosch (Vienna, 13 August 1849 –

Baden bei Wien, 31 January 1925), daughter of Joseph Ritter von Klinkosch and Elise Swoboda), by whom she had four daughters, the middle two of which died unmarried and the first one married without any issue. Selections from the entertaining journal he kept from 1818 to 1830 were published in 1923, edited by Lord Ilchester (The Journal of the Hon. Henry Edward Fox). In it, he records his life in British high society and his travels, his encounters with such notabilities as Talleyrand, Samuel Rodgers, Sydney Smith and Lord Byron (and Byron's mistress, Teresa Guiccioli, with whom Fox had an affair which he recounts in some detail).

As Lord Holland died without male issue, in Naples, his titles became extinct.