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X:1 T:Parson Adams M:12/8 L:1/8 B:Baldwin - London Magazine; or, Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer (June 1753, p. 286) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G f3 (agf) (gdc) (Bcd)|(efg) (dcB) (ABG) (AFD)| (gfg) (agf) (gdc) (Bcd)|(efg) (afd) (ge^c) d3:| |:d3 (ed^c) (dAF) (DFA)|(cBc) a2c {d}Tc3 B3| (gfg) (agf) (gdc) (Bcd)|(efg) (dBG) (cAF) G3:|]

PARSON ADAMS. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. “Parson Adams” first appeared in R. Baldwin’s periodical The London Magazine, or The Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer of June, 1753 (p. 286). It subsequently was printed in John Johnson’s 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (1756) and Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1757 country dance collection.

One of Thomas Rowlandson's (1756-1827) illustrations to Fielding's novel "Joseph Andrews"

The title probably refers to a character in Henry Fielding’s (1707-1754) novel Joseph Andrews' (1742). Parson Adams is the middle-aged comic hero who is idealistic and free from affectation.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 69.

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