203. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 14 March 1807*
March 14, 1807
I am in good health, but the spiritual part of me is but so so. Therefore expect a short letter containing two or three compact little truths, which I hope will serve as substitutes for a longer gossip. First then, I owe you my best thanks for your letter and your enquiries; your idea of my being in the road to publish what I can gather as to the nature of the Harp, is wrong. I only thought of printing a few copies for private distribution to such of my customers as profess'd to know nothing on the subject, and just to make it pay its own expence, and stand as a profess'd compilation on that particular themes.  It would save me much talking, and that to me is a material thing.
I have had two interviews with Dr Crotch. My musical Brother is in town, and hopes to print the Anthemn by subscription amongst the good folks of Suffolk and elsewhere.  I return Homer with grateful thanks to Mr L. I have been very carefull of it, and the soild pages 88 and 460 are none of mine. See how I defend myself before I am accused!! I will write again when in better humour—My constant blessing and good wishes attend you and all your worthy family. Farewell,
Eolian Harps should be tuned in unison or octaves.—and in no other way but you had better suffer me to make you a better than you have in exchange I should particularly wish it. I will say more anon.—
Address: Mrs Baker