E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A simple-minded country clergyman of the eighteenth century, in Fieldings Joseph Andrews.
Fielding says that Parson Adams at the age of fifty was provided with a handsome income of £23 a year (1740). Timothy Burrell, Esq., in 1715, bequeathed to his nephew Timothy the sum of £20 a year, to be paid during his residence at the University, and to be continued to him until he obtained some preferment worth at least £30 a year. (Sussex Archological Collections, vol. iii. p. 172.) (See PASSING RICH.)