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Charles Masson Fox
(November 9, 1866 - October 11, 1935) U.K.

Charles Masson Fox

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Charles Masson Fox was born into a prominent Quaker family and was a prominent Cornish businessman, who achieved international prominence in the world of chess problems and a place in the gay history of Edwardian England.

In 1912-13 Fox was blackmailed by a woman who accused him of seducing her 16-year-old son. Eventually Fox reported the matter to the police and the woman was sent to prison for five years and her son for one year, with hard labour[1]. However, Fox was profoundly affected by the publicity surrounding the case, which was reported in detail in the local press. The predictable result of his courageous action was the destruction of his reputation, and the compromise of his business and social life in Falmouth.

The "pederast" Charles Masson Fox was Henry Scott Tuke's most intimate friend. He was a discreet but active homosexual. In 1909 he visited Venice with his friend James Cockerton, meeting the writer Frederick Rolfe (aka Baron Corvo).

Frederick Rolfe's Venice years are particularly remembered today for a series of pseudo-pornographic letters sent to Charles Masson Fox between 1909-1910, hoping they'd tempt Fox to live in Venice where Rolfe could rely on his generosity. They failed. The Venice Letters were suppressed for many years before being published by Cecil and Amelia Woolf in 1974.

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