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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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295. Robert Bloomfield to John Glover, 3 November 1814* 

Shefford. Beds. Nov 3rd 1814

To My Father in Law

Mr John Glover

When I left you I had spent nearly all my money, and was in low spirits. If this had not been the case I would gladly have arranged matters so as to have had the painting and other things done, but when I tell you what I have paid, and you have compared it with the my [sic] receipts you will be a better judge of what ought to be expected from me so situated. While in Suffolk I paid to

£ S D
Mr Barker for attendance on my Mother 4 2 0
To Mr Austin for mending clay, whitewashing,
and work done to the well, and materials 1 5 0
Do—To straw and thatching two sheds at the
Back of primises— 2 8 0
Do—For well Curble 0 5 0
____ ____ ____
7 0 0
Or, properly speaking, for the House only 3 18 0

I cannot in my conscience ask the widow of my Brother to pay Rent. Yet the parish have assessed me in 8 shillings per year as Landlord's property tax; this have been paid by Mr Mothersole for six years past, and I now find myself £2 s8 d0 in his debt. If you deduct 8 shillings per ann. from the only rent I receive you will leave me just 2 guineas a year to stand for simple interest of the value of the Cottage, and to stand to Repairs! If I was forced to sell the place and got, as I trust I could, £140, it would bring me £7 per ann. at common interest, and without deduction.—

What can be done in repairing a House out of two guineas per year? I therefore think that no one can think me unreasonable if I expect for the future that the occupiers should pay the Tax, which for the three tenements, and gathered half yearly, would amount to sixteen pence a piece only.

My affairs are by no means flourishing, but I hope I shall be able to keep the place till I dies, but further repairs now, or for some time to come would not at all, suit my pockets or perhaps be prudent in any way. You must wait, and so must I for better prospects, I am perfectly satisfied with what you have done, and wish I could do more

Love to Sister Bet and Children and I am yours sincerely

Robt Bloomfield

P.S. I did not learn from Mr Mothersole that he had paid the tax until the very day before I left Honington.

* BL Add. MS 30809, ff. 54–55 BACK

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