Excerpt from Fox and Hounds
Time had been when fox-hunting and fox-hunters lay under social ban. Lord Chesterfield kindly bore testimony to the good intentions of him who followed the hounds, but could say little else in his favour: in the days of Queen Anne a 'fox-hunter,' i... n the esteem of some, meant a boor or something very like it but the slighting significance attaching to the word must surely have become only a memory long ere Beckford wrote.
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