96. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 1 October 1802


96. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 1 October 1802* 

London. Friday Noon, Oct 1. 1802.

Dear George

After neglecting to write immediately on my return to Town and otherwise slighting you and my poor grasshopper, I must now be shorter than I could wish. The morning I left Bury turn'd out very foggy, and I was glad that I had determined to ride inside. At about half past six there appear'd a compleat semicircle or rainbow nearly in the West, which was evidently produced by the sun on the fog, the colour was pale, and not varied or mix'd. I observed particularly that as we ascended the high ground on the south of Sudbury we gradually surmounted the fog and found a fine clear morning; and that it has not dissipated, but lay on a level with the hill, filling up the whole valley; and watching its motions I perceived at many miles distance that as the day advanced, the fog had made a sensible and collected elevation and become a cloud, moving I believe nearly south-west—I send you the second Vollumn of Mackniel. [1]  let Mr Lofft see it when convenient. Barnham Water has set my brains a-gadding, and I fear I shall not get rid of the subject untill I have given it a suit of cloaths. [2] 

We are all well here, and hope that your partner is still mending. Pray undeceive my Mother with regard to the agreeable mistake as to the repairs—

My Wife's Father is discharged from Woolwich Yard after 31 years service, and has an annuity of £20—he wil be with us soon

—My Rhumatism is gone—

Love to all friends


My hour is up, and I run to meet the Lawyers.

* BL Add. MS 28268, ff. 108–9 BACK

[1] Given Isaac's interest in musical setting of songs, and the brothers' love of Burns, 'Mackniel' may refer to Hector Macneill, author of rural tales, ballads and songs in the Burnsian manner. BACK

[2] Bloomfield's poem 'Barnham Water' was published in Wild Flowers, pp. 95–99. BACK