The True Patriot and Related Writings

Fielding, Henry
Coley, W.B.
Date published: 
January 1987

A substantial amount of the energy which Henry Fielding put into his writing was invested in political journalism and pamphleteering. Indeed, next to his prose fiction and his plays, his political journalism looms largest, and reveals significant aspects of Fielding the man. This volume contains three pamphlets - the Serious Address, the History of the Present Rebellion, and the Dialogue between the Devil, the Pope, and the Pretender - and one journal, the True Patriot of 1745-6. Coming from what may be called the second period of Fielding's in tensive political journalism, they are all informed by the same political purpose: to deal with the crisis represented by the Jacobite uprising known as the 'Forty-Five' and with the implications this event was perceived to have for the Pelham administration in general, and for its new 'patriot' allies in particular. As with other volumes in the edition, there is a detailed introduction, textual introduction, full annotation throughout, and an index.


Fielding`s political journalism forms a significant part of his work. The journal and three pamphlets contained in this volume come from what may be called the second period of Fielding`s intensive political journalism, dealing with the crisis of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.