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3 (1997, ed. Goldgar and Amory), Appendix B. The individual entries in F. G. and A. G. Ribble, Fielding’s Library: An Annotated Catalogue (1997), provide an invaluable resource for tracking HF’s references to authors and their works. ADDISON, Joseph (1672–1719), author. Except perhaps for the scene in A Journey from This World to the Next (1743, I. viii) where Addison is ridiculed, gently, for his pride as a literary critic, HF’s references to him are invariably complimentary, and they are extensive.
In Lisbon, HF came to suspect that he was cheating him by padding expenses (Letter 74). BURT, Joseph, Edmund Fielding’s servant. In the custody case brought against Edmund in Chancery in 1720 by HF’s grandmother, Lady Sarah Gould, Burt testiﬁed in behalf of HF’s father. In 1726 in St. James, London, he cited HF at the King’s Bench for physically assaulting him. COTTINGTON, Katherine (d. 1739), HF’s great-aunt, was the widow of Charles Cottington (d. 1698) of Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire, a gentleman of a distinguished and powerful Roman Catholic family.
After her mother’s death in 1718 and her father’s remarriage, the Court of Chancery gave custody of the children to their grandmother Lady Sarah Gould, who, with her sister Katherine Cottington, lived at Salisbury. There from 1720 Catharine and her sisters lived, and were educated at Mary Rookes’s school in the cathedral Close. In 1739 HF, his sisters, and his brother Edmund sold the farm at East Stour and moved to London, where Catharine took a house in Princes Court, Westminster, contiguous to St.
A Henry Fielding Companion by Martin C. Battestin