359. Robert Bloomfield to John Clare, 3 May 1822*
Shefford, Beds, May 3d. 1822
If we were still nearer neighbours I would see you, and thank you personally for the two vollums of your poems sent me so long ago. I write with such labour and difficulty that I cannot venture to praise or discriminate like a critic, but must only say that you have given us great pleasure.
I beg your acceptance of my just publishd little vollumn;  and, sick and ill as I continually feel, I can join you heartily in your exclamation—
'What is Life?' 
With best regards and wishes
I am yours sincerely