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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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14. Capel Lofft to Robert Bloomfield, after November 1798* 


(Extract)


At the same time the example, as well as the Poem, may teach the rich, and the highly born or educated, not unnaturally to urge harsh and overbearing lines of distinction; but to be more attentive to the gifts bestowed by the common father on mankind, than to an overweening conceit of their own privileges and advantages.

Their privileges and advantages would amply gain in good will and security, what they might thus sacrifice from the cold and degrading claims of unfeeling ostentation.

* Published in 1809, p. xxxi BACK

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