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Draft of letter of Robert Burns to John Ballantine - undated (3)

Introduction:
Page four 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:
BMT247.03D
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:
The last page contains the draft covering letter which Burns plans to send to his friend John Ballantine to accompany this poem which he has dedicated to him. This draft differs little from the final version (see record BMT248A) apart from the omission of the concluding sentence.