Book 9 Chapter 1 of Tom Jones.
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones over the course of four years.
Book 8 is over, and it's time to start Book 9, which means another discursive chapter. This chapter details what Fielding thinks a writer of histories (please remember that's what he's calling this book, rather than a novel or a romance) needs. Chief among those things are experience of the real world, without which an author would be presenting the truth as he imagines it to be from what he's read or what he imagines.