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Draft of letter of Robert Burns to John Ballantine - undated (2)

Introduction:
Page three of a four page manuscript written by Burns which is part of a draft version of the poem 'The Brigs of Ayr' (poem no 120) with an accompanying letter to John Ballantine. The finished version was completed and sent / handed to Ballantine late Sept or early Oct 1786. (letter no 51)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT247.03C
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
Subject:
John Ballantine at the time of this letter was Ayr's Dean of Guild, and was later to become Provost of Ayr. It was Ballantine's campaign for the building of a new bridge over the river Ayr which inspired Burns to write the poem and to inscribe a copy to him.
Who:
John Ballantine (1743-1812) (friend and patron of Burns)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
September 1786 (when completed)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
John Ballantine at the time of this letter was Ayr's Dean of Guild, and was later to become Provost of Ayr. It was Ballantine's campaign for the building of a new bridge over the river Ayr which inspired Burns to write the poem and to inscribe a copy to him.
Description:
On this third page only the first line of Burns's draft can be found in the final version, and the remaining seven lines are missing, their theme only retained in one line, 128, 'That Architecture's noble art is lost'. Burns has decided to drop his praise of the early stonemasons for some reason.