38. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 5 October *
Sunday Night, October 5
One of the enclosed papers is a discontinued journal, it may contain some information. The other paper your good sence will teach you to Burn. My portrait was taken some time ago by a miniature painter named Polack. the painting was about five inches high; the engraving will be publishd next month.  I don't like the painting much. the print is published by subscription, for the benefit I believe of the engraver and the brother-in-law of Hood who employs him.
I am strongly importun'd to turn master. I have mentiond it to Mr L. and ask'd his advice. I am not likely to get a place of any kind. my regular earnings are diminish'd in proportion to my correspondence and calling friends, my rent is a guinea pr month, which you know well canot be supported by journeyman shoemaking, under these circumstances I must either secure a regular income, or devour the produce of my litterary fame. this last I don't like to do, neither do I like mastering. I am very well off at present, but as the world is staring at me had not I Better be seen busy?? I have no chance of writing more now, the children are noising. We are all well; love to all friends