240. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 15 June 1809


240. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 15 June 1809* 

City Road. June 15 1809.

Dear Madam

Your note is every way agreeable except in that of inviting me to a pleasure which I cannot partake. Your time is so short, and my impossibles so much in the way that I dare not think of it. I will forward to Clare Hall a little packet for Mr Cooper, which I know you can stow in a Corner: and you will there find likewise such a one for yourself and mind this; you are not requested to read any part of it but the prefaces, which I wish you to observe. [1] 

Your Cousin scolds me, and not without cause; I write to her now, and having somthing to urge in extenuation, hope to disperse the storm before your arrival. I can hardly persuade myself that I shall let you depart for Gloucestershire without seeing you for an hour, but can make no promise to myself, should it be so I have only to assure you of my cordial good wishes for your emendation in health, and of my love for all.

I enclose you a paper which you can leave with Catharine, and I can have it again.

All well. Yours Madam, once again —

Rob Bloomfield

* BL Add. MS 28268, ff. 267–68 BACK

[1] The packet must have contained the stereotype edition The Poems of Robert Bloomfield, 2 vols. (London, 1809), containing Bloomfield's revised texts and prefaces of his works. BACK