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The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle, Edited By Tim Fulford and Lynda Pratt
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337. John Shakespear to the Editor of The Pocket Magazine, 25 May 1819* 

To the Editor of Arliss's Pocket Magazine.

Sir,

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; [1]  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,

JOHN SHAKESPEAR.

11, Austin Friars,

May 25th, 1819

*'Mr. Robert Bloomfield, Shefford, Bedfordshire.'

* The Pocket Magazine, IV (1819), 39–40 BACK

[1] Bloomfield's son-in-law. Either the husband of his daughter Charlotte or the widower of Mary. BACK

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