69. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas Hill, 27 November 1801


69. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas Hill, 27 November 1801* 

Near the Shepherd & Shepherdess

City Road Nov 27 —


As you know that I have brought on myself the angry reply's of Mr Lofft my original and staunch friend, you will not I trust be surprized at the note I have sent to Mr Hood after you have considerd well of the matters therein mentioned. You Sir, I am sure, wish well to me and to the publication. The infalible result of any inovation now made in 'the Farmer's Boy', would infix in the mind of Mr L the deepest and the most rooted dislike to me. —

Can you Sir, wish to see so great a change? Would you not rather strive as you have always done, to mend the tatter'd rigging? And to keep concord and unanimity on board our Vessel during a prosperous Voyage? Or, could you without regret have to tell your numerous Literary friends that Bloomfield now lies under the high displeasure of his friends for an ingrate, and a fool to his own reputation? Such things are easier prevented than wip'd off when they are done. I write these things in consequence of Letters received since I saw you. — and remain Sir,

Your Obd servant

Rob Bloomfield

Address: Thos Hill Esq / 7 Henrietta Street / Covent Garden

* James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University BACK