128. Capel Lofft to Robert
Bloomfield, 9 May 1804*
I have just received your obliging Letter I like the Alteration
in the pathetic Description of the Funeral exceedingly
I would transpose two lines to avoid an anti-climax thus
England has sent a balm for private woe
England strikes down the Nations bitterest Foe 
The Conclusion is very beautiful, appropriate & characteristic
I still wish some little suitable ornament by way of vignette:
but perhaps the Time is too short. 'crown' seems in haste to have been copied
for 'crowns their'
Hastily as I am obliged to write I am very sorry if I created you
so much trouble by a strange omission. I said, or should have said, Frank Capell
Esq., Nottingham Str: Marylebone nr. the Church.
Many thanks for procuring me the seal at Bentley's with the head
of Dr Priestley. With regard to
Rousseau it would be too expensive to have a seal made on purpose. I fear at
Wedgewood & Bentleys
it will not be found in the seal prices 
Shall I send Mr Bowdens poem  to Messrs Vernor & Hood for
Mr Hill or to you or how? I wrote
to Mr Hill but have not yet his
answer. My Proposals for the Author are these if they will print &
publish the First Edition at their own risque clear of Expense to the Author
allowing him half or not less than a third of the Net profits of that Edition to
be open to a New Agreement between the Parties for the 2d or any subsequent
I must finish now in haste: and indeed I have scarce fairly time
to write this.
I am very glad your Poem is to be printed I mean the Farmers Boy
in stereotype. But as the nature of that method of printing while it excludes
the risque of Error in one impression which existed not in a former, more
particularly calls for original typographical correctnes I should be glad to
revise the Proofs for that Edition.
I thank Mr Hood for
what he has said relative to Mr Bowden's poem. I faithfully comply with the wish
of the Author in thinking of him as publisher.
With our united remembrances to yourself Mrs Bloomfield &
I am Dear Sir,
Yrs most sincly
To Mr Bloomfield / Troston / 9 May 1804
1/2 p. 11 at night.
Not Country Hours. yet I am a Potatoe Farmer as far as one
Field: but am in some dread for my success.
How vain this tribute; vain, this lowly lay;
Yet nought is vain which gratitude inspires!
The muse, besides, her duty thus approves
To virtue, to her country; to mankind!
Address: To Mr Bloomfield / near The Shepherd & Shepherdess / City Road / London
* Houghton Library, Harvard
College, fMS Eng 776, f. 6 BACK
 Lines 311–12 of Good Tidings; or,
News from the Farm were published as in Lofft's
 Lofft asks Bloomfield to shop for him at the London showrooms of the
Etruria potter Josiah Wedgwood. He, in partnership with Thomas Bentley, sold
there his famous dinner services but also seals, medals and bas
 Mr Bowden's poem: not found. Perhaps James Bowden, a minister
at Tooting. BACK
 These lines,
354–57 of James Thomson's 'To the Memory of the Right Hon. Lord Talbot,
Late Chancellor of Great Britain. Addressed to his Son', are written
crossways across the flap, apparently in Bloomfield's hand. BACK