As the old and intimate friend of the late Robert Bloomfield, the poet, I beg to ask you whether, during your long
and intimate acquaintance, you ever heard him say
Firstly. That he actually took his manuscript of the Farmer's Boy to the editor of the Monthly Magazine.
2ndly. That said editor advised him not waste his time in writing poetry.
3rdly. That said editor advised him to consult Mr. Capel Lofft, and gave
him a letter of introduction to that gentleman.
4thy. That said editor advised him to 'stick to his last, &c.' which last phrase he, Robert Bloomfield, is
accused of having often 'quoted with indignation in the heyday of his subsequent popularity.'
Did you, sir, ever hear him mention these circumstances, or express any resentful feeling at the alleged
A short and early reply in very plain terms will oblige, &c.
A similar copy sent to Mr. Park, at Hampstead.
Address: Mr. T. Inskip, / Shefford.