73, Peascod-street, Windsor, April 10, 1824.
Some months ago I called on you, at the request of the family of the
late Mr. Robert Bloomfield, for the purpose of learning the state of their
accounts with your firm.
At that time, it was difficult to ascertain the general situation
of their affairs, which, upon subsequent inquiry, turn out to be considerably
embarrassed. As I happen to be personally acquainted with most of their
creditors, I think I may have influence enough with a great majority, to induce
them to accept a moderate composition in discharge of their several claims,
provided any part of the Bloomfields' property, remaining in your hands, can be
rendered immediately available to that purpose. My present
object, therefore, is, to request you will be so good as to inform me, whether
you are willing to advance the sum of one hundred pounds, in anticipation of the
payments, which the family may expect from that source—and if not, whether the
same sum can be raised by premature sale of part of the said property, within
one month from the present date. By such arrangements, I think the
half-copyrights may be preserved to the family, which, being their only
resource, is an object very desirable.
If it is not giving you too much trouble, I should feel obliged
if you will inform me, what has been the clear total amount, which Mr.
Bloomfield and his family have derived from their property in your possession,
from first to last.
There is a difference of opinion on these points, between myself
and other friends of the family, (who have examined the accounts) which you only can determine.
I take the liberty of begging an early answer, because other
objects will soon require my presence in a distant part of the country.
Apologising for this trouble,
I have the honour to be, Sir,
your obedient servant,
Address: To R. Baldwin Esq., / London