122. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas
Hood, 9 March 1804*
City Road, March 9
A letter from Mr
Lofft contains the folowing –
'When I answered your letter I believe I said nothing of the
intended stereotype Edition of your works in 2 vols. What I now wish to say is
that I like the idea of printing a small and cheap, but very neat and
well-printed edition in that manner, and within that compass.
I own I should be glad that you would prefix a new preface
yourself, omitting mine.
The publishing of a general collection of your poems, seems in
some measure to require a general preface.'
This last remark of Mr.
L. I think has considerable force.
What think you of it? And can you tell me by letter, for I have
much Rhumatism in my back, though I hope to give it a warming by walking to Hampstead. And the sooner you can
render me an account of the last years sale, that I may
know how to square my reconings dependant thereon, so much
the more you will oblidge me. I have felt much for your
domestic trouble, I know somthing of the hooping cough!