408. Thomas Bachelor to Hannah Bloomfield, n.d. *
To Miss Hannah Bloomfield [illegible word] [illegible word]
I beg to acknowledge the favour of a copy of your respected fathers 'Remains in which I have found many passages creditable to Mr Bloomfields taste & genius though perhaps a few which he would have rejected.
If the letter addressed <by me> to Mr Bloomfield Sept 5. 1819 is thought worthy of a place in his 'Memoirs and Correspondence' I feel no particular objection to its publication, though I am doubtful if the public would find much interest in it. And I have observed that the Reviewers [illegible word] express regret that the Editors of the Remains <Posthumous Letters &c> make too little use of the pruning knife.
I have been able to discover but two letters, and which I believe are all I ever received from Mr Bloomfield. These I have inclosed according to your request. The first, as you will see, was an answer to the one you inclosed to me, with a promise of another letter which I presume the unhappy state of your fathers health, &c, caused to slip his memory. The other note, of May 9. 1822 accompanied 'May Day with the Muses' which he was so obliging as to send me as a present. 
I make no doubt you are aware that the Verses Vol 1 p 151 of the 'Remains'  were written by me <at> the time in which I was also an <vain> aspirant for poetical fame. They were sent to Capel Lofft Esqr—and as I understood from him were printed in the Monthly Mirror, some time in the year 1801.  They differ rather remarkably from a manu M.S. in my possession by the omission of a whole line (the 8th) which should have completed the 2nd stanza: 'Virtue approves, and Genius must admire' The conclusion in my MS. was 'humble shed' which I deemed a poetical expression for a cottage, & I know not why it was altered to 'humble bed' There are two other alterations which perhaps may be improvements, but the whole piece is of little consequence, & I am sorry to observe that it ends with a prediction which like many others was but imperfectly verified.
 In the first volume of Remains the poem appears on pp. 151–52 and reads:
TO ROBERT BLOOMFIELD,
Author of 'The Farmer's Boy.'