Shefford, June 25, 1824
On taxing my recollection respecting the editor of the Monthly
Magazine, I have no reason to believe that Mr. Bloomfield was ever personally
known to him, because in my long acquaintance with Mr. Bloomfield, and my
frequent conversations on the fortunes of the Farmer's Boy, I must have been
informed of it; moreover, I recollect well talking to Mr.
B. on the merits of the Monthly Magazine, which he always highly extolled, and
lamented that his poverty would not allow him to spare half-a-crown a month to
take it in, and learn thereby how the literary world was going on. This does not
in the least savour of a hostile feeling on the part of Bloomfield.
Believe me, truly yours
* Remains, II, pp. 209–10 BACK