100. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 16 November 1802*
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 16 1802
You will find a long scrawl to Mr L pray read it, and to help you to comprehend it, I must say that he has proposed to amend the Sky lark  (spoil it); to introduce notes that would tell allmost how often I go to the Necessary, and throughout greeting my back with an unmercifull flagellation for giving myself up to the Booksellers. These are old topicks revived, and you can judge somthing about them. All that I mind now is, that this string of denials which I now send and which I will abide at all events, may sour his mind as to Nat and Gedge, but it will not do for me to flinch through circumstances on a point that to me and my name is of the last importance.
Perhaps all may jog on right, if it do not so it shall go I am determind.
All well here—
this to yourself—
 Perhaps lines 446–64 of 'Summer' from The Farmer's Boy:
 Peter Gedge, printer and newspaper proprietor of Bury, had been printing Nathaniel Bloomfield's poems, intending to publish them in a volume. Clearly Lofft was determined that they should be checked by the experienced Thomas Hill, editor of The Monthly Mirror. They were published in 1803 under the name of Vernor and Hood in London, as An Essay on War, in Blank Verse; Honington Green, a Ballad ... and Other Poems. BACK