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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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184. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas Park, 23 May 1806* 

City Road May 23d 1806

Dear Sir

I take Mrs P's word implicitly for my promise, at the same time declaring that I could not be said to have forgotten it had I failed for I know nothing at all about the matter only that I shall be glad to see you, and will endeavour to get Holloway* into the same scrape.

It so happened that having dined on Tuesday at Mr Weymouths at Battersea in company with Mr H. Tooke and other interesting characters after sleeping there I walk'd home through the dust, and call'd on your friend Forster in my way, leaving a note relative to my former engagement with him; no time was fix'd, and I hope he will see that your appointment supersedes ours, had it taken place (at least on the present occasion). I shall therefore expect to find him at Hampstead.

I wish to say to Mrs Park that my brother Isaac has finished and sent to me his six anthemns which have employ'd his musical leisure for some years past. [1]  His utmost wish is to submit them to some one competent to judge of their merit, and he names Mrs Park. I will at all events bring them with me; for should they by Mrs P. or others be deem'd worthy of publication which I particularly hope, I have promised him to exert my utmost impudence to get them printed by susbscription, and to get as many names as I can, in which I think that if the strange and singular situation of the composer does not create interest, it will at least justify the attempt.

Love to all,—

Yours truly

Rob Bloomfield

* Author of the 'Peasants Fate'. [2] 

* BL Add. MS 28268, f. 215 BACK

[1] Isaac Bloomfield's anthems were published as Six Anthems for the Use of Choirs where there is No Organ (London, 1807). BACK

[2] Bloomfield's fellow rural poet (also published by Vernor and Hood) William Holloway, author of The Peasant's Fate: a Rural Poem. With Miscellaneous Poems (London, 1802). See Letter 83. BACK

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