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Draft of letter of Robert Burns to John Ballantine - undated

Introduction:
Page one 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:
BMT247.03A
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:
This first page represents an early version of the lines 25 to 58 of the finished poem. Burns, in the final version, makes a considerable number of changes which provides a good example of how he crafted his lines and worked them up to his satisfaction.