312. Robert Bloomfield to Robert Southey, 3 May 1817


312. Robert Bloomfield to Robert Southey, 3 May 1817* 

Dear Sir,

I have procured your address from Messrs. Longmans, and hasten to pay a debt of gratitude which has been too long delay'd. From Mr. Tillbrook of Cambridge I have the substance and extracts of the letter you addresst to him relative to me and my concerns. I despair of the honour of a personal interview, and therefore, relying upon it as a certainty that you could not Give, Offer, or write as you have done without feeling an interest in my welfare I beg once for all to return you my most sincere thanks. I am, and have a right to be proud of this opportunity of saying even this much, but you will be glad to hear that from pecuniary assistance, and a still unexpired somthing which belongs to my name I have been enabled to place a Daughter [1]  with a £40 premiums in a situation in which she may procure a living when I am under the turf.

Besides this I have the natural expectation that my eldest Son will get an appointment to a school on the plan of Dr Bell [2]  about to be established at Putney in Surrey, when he has at the Central School, learnd their methods of tuition, and acquired a certificate of his competency for the undertaking.

You See, Sir, that, I write abominably bad: I have recoverd in great measure the use of my eye, not to say eyes, And remain in much better health than I have had for years past.


Most Obliged and Humble Servt.

Robt Bloomfield

No 19 Daggetts Court

Broker Row


PS Please to give my sincere respects to the Alps and Appenines on your Travels. I shall be meanwhile perhaps siting quietly on a stile, or watching a wild Rabit or trying to break back an unwilling Muse at the Age of fifty.

P.S. the second

Mr Park desires his respects to be recieved by you as a friend of some standing—Mr S Rogers to whom I made bold to show Mr Tillbrook's letter, immediately joined in your idea of the Iometeer. Further I will not trouble you.

* Simon Gratz Collection, Collection 250A, British Poets, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania BACK

[1] Most probably Charlotte Bloomfield's youngest daughter. BACK

[2] Southey was a supporter of Bell's new monitorial system of schooling, and had published a work advocating its adoption nationally: The Origin, Nature, and Object, of the New System of Education (London, 1812). BACK