89. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 23 June 1802*
City Road, London. June 23rd 1802
I wishd much for information respecting the Old House and am oblidged to you for your letter. If Mothersole's little crum of a Soul hankers after a piece of the Garden, and if he was actually to get it, he could go no further; and his getting it seems to me very improbable. As to Austin's claim, that has no hold of the House, thatchd or unthatchd, untill you and I are unable to pay his demand. This too is not likely to happen.—
I feel, that in the eye of generosity I have not acted right in receiving interest here for my Money, and leaving you to pay interest for what we borrow'd. but I acted with a view to policy, to be able to answer such questions as I had reason to expect would be put to me. Thus I receive £8 per Annm. for 200 in the 4 per cents, which I trust will be there untouch'd, and receive some additions, and perhaps at some future day may be transformd into a Cottage and Close. Is this a dream of prudence, or of avarice?
Be that as it will I feel as I ought in beeing able to shelter our parent stem from the rains of another Winter. I will send with the Budget sufficient for the purpose.—
I have seen Mr Shield, he is a man simple and unaffected in his manners to a striking degree, and ready to assist where he can. I showed him the songs and left them with him; he says they want some trifling amendment in the Bass, which he will do—then asking if the three which I gave him were all Isaac had composed, I produced the scetch of the 'Highland Drover.' this he seems to think adapted for Incledon's voice and when I repeated the words he was more confirmed in the notion.  I left them all, and shall hear from him soon—
Young Mr Bird brought me a note from you. Give our kind respects to Mr Bird and family, and say that we feel truly the loss of so kind and hospitable a friend as our late Aunt, and remember all favours from Susan and Mr and Mrs Lockwood, to whom as to you, we wish to remain affectionately
Rob & Mary Bloomfield