179. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 11 March 1806


179. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 11 March 1806* 

City Road March 11. 1806

Dear Madam

For several days past, I have promised myself the pleasure of coming to Fullham but found it impossible. The Books you so kindly ordered for yourself and Mrs Prowse I will send on Tuesday for fear my intended journey to Fullham on Saturday should be frustrated by engagements or by the weather, for as I have been so long an invalid I have acquired the timidity incident to a state of suffering.

I sent half a Dozn copies by the Barnet stage to your dear friend at Clare Hall about a week after the date of her last letter and present, and as I have not the happiness to hear from thence, I hope this will find her with you, and all of you well at Fullham.

I shall indeed esteem highly your drawing of the Boy. Thank you for your opinion of Old Gilbert. [1] Dr Drake of Hadleigh in Suffolk has given by letter encomiums of no common kind, and the vanity of your humble servant is a little upon the alert, we are well. The Boy is so so.

My true respects to your venerable parents, and to Mr L. B. and the twigs, and believe me Madam

Yours unfeignedly

Rob Bloomfield

Address: Mrs Loyd Baker[illegible words] / Fullham Bridge

* Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, MA 4500 BACK

[1] Bloomfield refers to his poem 'The Broken Crutch. A Tale', published in Wild Flowers; or, Pastoral and Local Poetry. BACK