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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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121. Robert Bloomfield to the Duke of Grafton, 3 February 1804* 

City Road. London. Feb. 3d 1804

My Lord

Were I askd personally by your Grace how fares myself and family I should feel a pleasure while I answered, all well, and add that my Wife brought me another Son on the 21st of January, to whome it will be a gratification of my vanity, and I hope of better feelings, to give his Father's name.

Nothing but the permission of your Grace to write when I have anything to communicate could have induced me to say a word about this circumstance, to me so interesting. I doubted whither it would be a duty or an intrusion, but have conquerd my reluctance, and will rely on your Grace's pardon for thus following the impulse of the moment. And hope ever to be your Grace's Devoted and worthy servant,

Robert Bloomfield

* BL Add. MS 28268, f. 137; published in Hart, p. 34 BACK

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