136. Robert Bloomfield to Elizabeth
Glover, 3 August 1804*
City Road, London, Aug 3d 1804
My Dear Mother
I write a word with the parcel to say that we were glad to hear
from George of your safe
arrival at Bury, and that you did
not happen to be in the broken coach. Perhaps you may never be so far from home
again, and I feel the more oblidged by that very consideration, as by your visit
I have your second-self hung up always before my eyes, and it to me it is
singularly valuable, and will hereafter be realy so.  My wife has been very poorly,
but is mending. Poor Charles is lame again, and forced to be Doctor'd, as the knee joint
is swelling a third time. There is always some drawback or other upon the best
of human enjoyment.
I have an invitation to Northamptonshire, but do not expect to
go. The Doctors talk of my taking Charles to the sea side. I have determin'd on nothing, only to meet
all the occurrences of life with as much resignation as possible.
Our love to Father and Self. Yours Dear Mother, truly
Pray return our best thanks to Mrs Mothersole for her present,
and to friends at Sapiston.
* BL Add. MS 28268, f.
 An engraving of this portrait, by Pierre Violet, was later
included in Brayley, and can be seen here. (Violet is noted as the artist in
a review of this book which appeared in The Monthly Mirror, NS 1 (January,
1807), 44) BACK