55a. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas Hill, 11 September 1801*
City Road , Sep 11th 1801
In a letter to me by Mr Lofft on the preceeding Sunday is this passage; which I thus fully state to you to discharge myself of as much of the request as appears for me to fulfill.—
‘I mentioned some months back that there was a young man of the name of Hole of whose abilities as a young engraver on wood I had seen some promising specimens, and who would be soon out of his apprenticeship to Mr Bewick. The apprenticeship will expire this month. His name is Henry Hole,  a sister of mine was his Godmother. I wish him to come to Town if he could have a safe and beneficial introduction to business. Will you mention this to Mr Hill, Mr Park, and others of our friends. I think he seems likely to be a modest, sober, and industrious youth, and that he has shown both ingenuity and application. Any reference that might be thought nessisary would, of course be made to Mr Bewick in case there should be an opening where there is so much employment for this art.’
Mr Lofft did not by his letter of Sunday, seem to think Mrs L in more danger than for some time before, but I yesterday had the statement from his own hand, of her death.—
If the Poetical department of the Mirror is not overstocked perhaps the following lines would not disgrace it.  If my blemishes appear to you, be so kind as return it to me that I may insert it in the pending Vollon, where Mr Lofft expects to see it, as it has his approbation already.
For A Highland Drover, returning from England.
By Robert Bloomfield, author of the Farmer’s Boy.
Your Obedien Servt
Address:Thos Hill Esq
Henrietta St Covent Garden
* Tipped in to a copy of George Gordon, Lord Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers: A Satire, vol. II. Illustrated, Collected and Arranged by Arnold Wood. New York: Charles B. Richardson, 1865. This book is located at the James Smith Noel Collection, Louisiana State University in Shreveport. BACK
 Henry Hole (1782-1852): born in Newcastle, Hole was apprenticed to Bewick from 24 March 1794 until autumn 1801. Hole engraved cuts for the 1808 edition of Felicia Dorothea Browne (later Mrs Hemans), Poems. He retired from the profession on inheriting a landed estate in Derbyshire. BACK