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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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235. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 16 January 1809* 

City Road. Jan 16. 1809

Dear Madam,

Your letter delighted me, and this is a poor, pitiful return for it, but I write for no purpose but to inform you of an accident that befell my lame Boy on Sunday evening ye 8th—he was chearfull with his cousins over a twelfth cake when he slip'd on stepping into a child chair and broke his leg. (not the well leg) He has been well attended by a Mr Barnet on the spot, and I hope from everything which at present appears, that all is going on right. This is bad news for you to pay postage for, and for me to relate, but I write because I am sure you would like to know what I am about, not because I am overflowing with fancy and happiness, nor yet because on these dark winter days I can write straight or gracefully, or what is worth reading. Sincere respects to all at Stouts Hill, yours, moderately,

Rob Bloomfield

Address: Mrs L. Baker, / Stouts Hill, / Uley, / Gloucester.

* BL Add. MS 28268, ff. 263–64 BACK

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