A simple-minded country clergyman of the eighteenth century, in Fielding's Joseph Andrews. Fielding says that Parson Adams at the age of fifty was provided with a handsome income of 30 a year.
(Sussex Archoeological Collections, vol. iii. p. 172.) (See Passing Rich.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894