In relating the story of his father, Roger Sterne, the author records that he was a “Lieutenant in Handysides Regiment, married to Agnes Hobert, widow of an Officer . . . her Family name, I believe was Nuttle—Tho’ upon Recollection, That was the name of her Father in Law—who was a noted Sutler in Flanders in Queen Anns Wars—when my Father married his Wifes Daughter N.B. (he was in debt to him)” (p. 6). The footnote suggests that Sterne hints here that either the father-in-law could pay off Roger’s debt or that Roger paid off the debt by marrying her. To this note, should be added W. M. Thackeray’s allusion to Roger Sterne in his historical novel, The History of Henry Esmond (1852, 1858).

p. 12, n. 6 [add at end of note]. See David Pascoe, “Sterne and Thackeray’s ‘dreary double entendre,’” The Shandean, 32 (2021), 62–91, esp....

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