My Lord Duke,
I feel myself truly honord & oblig'd by your very kind
letter received this morning.
With respect to the poems I am happy that some of those which
your Grace has read and intended me the favour of bringing down if Sir C. Bunbury had not wished to
see them, have appeared to you not unworthy of the reputation which Mr
Bloomfield has justly earnt by the Farmer's Boy.
I concur in thinking that it would have been as well on the part
of the publishers not to have been in haste to announce these additional