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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt

271. Robert Bloomfield to the 4th Duke of Grafton, 7 September 1811* 

London. Sep 7th. 1811


His Grace the Duke of Grafton.

My Lord Duke.

My Lord Having for some years past boasted, as well I might, a personal knowledge of your late honour'd Father, valuable to me as a Critick and a Friend, I beg your Grace's acceptance of a small Volume [1]  which I once hope'd to present to my departed Patron, and to have recieved his candid remarks. I may have been remiss in being silent on the death of so good a friend; but the fear of appearing to intrude has been the true cause. Craving forgiveness for the liberty I am now taking, I have only to add, by your Grace's desire exprest in a letter to my early friend Capel Lofft Esq, that the Annual amount of the Gratuity I have recived is Fifteen Pounds.

I And am, most truly, your Grace's Very humble Servant

Robt Bloomfield

Shepherd &c————————

* BL Add. MS 28268, ff. 315; published in Hart, p. 54 BACK

[1] Bloomfield sends a copy of The Banks of Wye; a Poem. In Four Books. BACK

Published @ RC

September 2009