1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Joseph Warton to Thomas Warton, 29 October 1746; Wooll, Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 215.



I wish you had been with me last week when I spent two evenings with Fielding and his sister, who wrote David Simple, and you may guess I was very well entertained. The lady, indeed, retired pretty soon, but Russell and I sat up with the Poet till one or two in the morning, and were inexpressibly diverted. I find he values, as he justly may, his Joseph Andrews above all his writings: he was extremely civil to me, I fancy, on my Father's account.