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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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105. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 15 April 1803* 

Friday Noon Apr 15th 1803

Dear George

Your parcell came last night. My Mother's Letter contains an earnest and pressing solicitation for my visiting her, as she said she has a bad cold: this was dated on the 8th of April and the news of the 13th confirms that she was perhaps worse, I dont like this news at all. do you know the real state of things there? If you do speak out I conjure you.

I wish you could possibly go or send to Honington on Sunday and immediately send to me on your return. And if you spare a Half Guinea, leave it and I will pay you by parcell Monday or Tuesday next, when I will write to my Mother and to Troston. Desire her to have from the Butcher or any one else whatever may conduce to her comfort and consolation, as it has long been my intention with the entire concurrence of my wife to remit a yearly or monthly allowance for the purpose abovementioned; and which I hope to explain at large immediately. I was within a turn of a straw of coming to Suffolk on Monday but I must have been travelling all day, and must have done the same back again on Wednesday on account of being at the Office on Thursday morning. I could have spent but one day with you! So I gave it up, and still determining to go out of the smoke I took a ride down to Dorking in Surrey stayd two nights and came back on Wednesday. I had heard of Box Hill, and the romantic scenery about that part of the County and I was delighted beyond my most poetical expectations. I must give some account of the excursion next week. My Vaccine story [1]  is gone to Euston. I expect news from thense daily.—

All well but the Boy. Yours

Robert

* BL Add. MS 28268, ff. 119–20 BACK

[1] The Vaccine story, a poem written with Edward Jenner's encouragement, was published as Good Tidings; or, News from the Farm (London, 1804). BACK

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