337. John Shakespear to the
Editor of The Pocket Magazine, 25 May
To the Editor of Arliss's Pocket Magazine.
Being an ardent admirer of genuine poetry,
as also a collateral descendant of one of no mean celebrity in the annals of
English literature, I have taken some pains to gratify the laudable enquiries of
your correspondent 'Beppo' relative to the place of residence* of that 'Rural
Bard' Robert Bloomfield.
The information comes from an authentic source, viz. from the
Poet's son-in-law;  who told me in reply to some questions put to him regarding his
(the poet's) circumstances, that, 'he had enough to do to support himself and
family; but he had learnt that his father-in-law had been employing himself in
writing some new work (or works,) and would shortly come to reside in London for
the purpose of getting it (them) published.' If I am not too late in
communicating this piece of intelligence, I feel no doubt, (judging from the
complexion of Beppo's letter) but what it will prove highly gratifying to him,
and if you Sir, with your usual polite attention, will afford the means of
conveyance, it will confer a favor on a constant reader of your instructive
miscellany. I subjoin at foot the Poet's address. I am Sir,
Very respectfully, Your's,
11, Austin Friars,
*'Mr. Robert Bloomfield, Shefford, Bedfordshire.'