38. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 5 October [1800]


38. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 5 October [1800]* 

Sunday Night, October 5

Dear George,

One of the enclosed papers is a discontinued journal, it may contain some information. The other paper your good sence will teach you to Burn. My portrait was taken some time ago by a miniature painter named Polack. the painting was about five inches high; the engraving will be publishd next month. [1]  I don't like the painting much. the print is published by subscription, for the benefit I believe of the engraver and the brother-in-law of Hood who employs him.

The letters I have sent of Mr. L's will inform you of a late sort of misunderstanding at Troston and Euston, which is happily settled.

I am strongly importun'd to turn master. I have mentiond it to Mr L. and ask'd his advice. I am not likely to get a place of any kind. my regular earnings are diminish'd in proportion to my correspondence and calling friends, my rent is a guinea pr month, which you know well canot be supported by journeyman shoemaking, under these circumstances I must either secure a regular income, or devour the produce of my litterary fame. this last I don't like to do, neither do I like mastering. I am very well off at present, but as the world is staring at me had not I Better be seen busy?? I have no chance of writing more now, the children are noising. We are all well; love to all friends

R Bloomfield

* BL Add. MS 28268, f. 38; published in Hart, p. 7 BACK

[1] Bloomfield refers to the miniature painter Solomon Polack (c.1757–c.1839), who worked in London, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, after immigrating from Holland. The picture was engraved by Brown and published, 1800, by Vernor and Hood. BACK