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This symbolic name indicating faithfulness (which was also adopted for themselves by Mary Astell, Jane Barker, and the American writers Sarah Gill, Hannah Griffitts and Sukey Vickery, as well as for a fictional character by Hester Mulso Chapone) is the only name yet known for a poet living at Lincoln, who was a frequent contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine for about a year in 1734-5. scholarly note link.
23 September 1734 'Fidelia' of Lincoln (known only by her Gentleman's Magazine poems) had her first signed piece printed there, about the magazine's offer of a prize for a poem on the Four Last Things. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
April 1735 In the same Gentleman's Magazine issue that suggested she might be nothing but a disguise for the editor, appeared 'Fidelia''s "To the unknown Gent [sic] who signs Sylvius". Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1735 The Gentleman's Magazine printed a poem to 'Fidelia' by 'Fido' (that is, Thomas Beach), a poem to 'Melissa' (Jane Brereton) by Elizabeth Carter, and also "Fidelia to Melissa". Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1735 'Fidelia' reappeared in the Gentleman's Magazine with "To a young Gentleman who had a fine Genius for Poetry, but who upon reading Mr Pope's and Dr Swift's Works, declined writing". Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1735 'Fidelia' made her final identified appearance in the Gentleman's Magazine, with two epistolary poems, "Fidelia to Sylvius" and "Fidelia to Mr Urban". Bibliographic Citation link.
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