247. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 9 January-12 January 1810


247. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 9 January—12 January 1810* 

Jan 9. 1810

Dear Madam

By way of amusement I remark thus some of your judicious observations, the rest are replied to in the paper to Catharine [1] 

  1. — Certainly never saw them or heard of them, let this teach you candour, and forgiveness, two things which some Criticks know very little about when they talk of immitations.
  2. — This is very good—but as the tale is nearly all personified by Characters Catherine has only her share.
  3. — See No. 5 in Catherine's
  7. — Mrs Woodly is, in many features, my Mother, and her Husband my Brother Isaac.
  8. — I understand a fine Horse to mean in a degree a Spirited Horse. Ask Mr Baker.
  9. — You have a better heart than belly, but how would a servant be justified in giving without orders Ask your sister Critick.
  10. — Here I am beaten down flat, and by a Lady too! it is unanswerable.
  11. — Gone to lock the Cupboard from whence she took Davy's Cheese Cake, = N.B. Not a word about this adventure in Sister Critick!!!!!
  13. — Very true—but the man here is in character, the woman not so much. See back to No. 7. —
  15. — Here you misunderstand me, by strange I did not mean that it was reprehensible or unnatural but the direct contrary, and only strange because it was unusual.
  17. — Aye but mine was written years ago and what you allude to the other day—now if you were a true Critick i.e. troubled with a disorder calld the snarles, you would, (had Davy been publishd) have asserted that Robin thieved from David.
  18. — This is true criticism because, because, of what? why because it is true.
  19. — I must have pride here for the Father, but to the Boy it does not apply so as to signify what I mean.
  20. — See here now! 'two of a Trade &c.' Miss S. kicks him out, and you keep in in! poor fellow!—I have no particular veneration for him and therefore hoping that you may make somthing of him, I leave him between you.—


I believe you know that I never write nonsense, (at least not of this sort) when I am unwell, and therefore let this sheet speak for itself.

I can now walk and work, and laugh and sing. I am indeed much better.—Give my particular respects to Mr Baker and Seniors. And with love and pleasant recollections of your three eldest, and hopes for the stranger, I am



R Bloomfield

Jan 12

Recieving your last has enabled me to take a later peep at the group at Stouts Hill. Miss Ansted is better than she has lately been, but she has suffered much. The newspaper of Fullham is highly satisfactory. I thank you for your trouble in writing for you certainly must have interruptions, and so have I. My little jabbering Boy is going on at a high rate; The Emperor of France would be proud of such a fightable spirit.—All well besides.—I still feel a gradual return of pristine strength and of spirits myself and hope for the best.

Yours Madam.—&c.—


* BL Add. MS 28268, ff. 279–80 BACK

[1] Bloomfield is replying to criticisms of the manuscript of The History of Little Davy's New Hat, published 1815. The reply to Catherine Sharp has not been traced. BACK