248. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd
Baker, 3 March 1810*
City Road, Mar 3d. 1810
Your symbolical paper, and your wax, instantaneously fix'd my
mind at Fullham, before I observed that you was there yourself. I had concieved that the
general decline of your venerable
Aunt* was not so appearent, and I was therefore not so prepared for
the news. I try to estimate how heavily you must feel at the loss of her, and of
the Shades of your infancy! It was there** that I first had the pleasure of
seeing you and Mr Baker. From
that interview, so pleasingly brought about, originated all my various pleasures
with other branches of the family. Aye, even the indescribable Wye! Blessed be the memory of the good!! I could weep for you sooner
than for myself. But you will learn not to weep, for Spring is approaching, and
if it finds your lessning circle in health, they will only grow dearer perhaps,
as that circle contracts.
Please to remember me to Mr Baker and little ones and
all who can spare time to remember me. And believe me Madam your sympathising
and oblidged friend.
—All well here.—
[Footnotes added by T. J. Lloyd
* Mrs Prowse
** Wicken Park in Northamptonshire
where she lived. She died at her brothers Mr Sharps at Fulham.