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Letter of Charles Douglas to Patrick Douglas dated Port Antonio 19th June 1786

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Letter of Charles Douglas to Patrick Douglas dated Port Antonio 19th June 1786 (page 1 of 3)

Introduction:
Burns had decided to emigrate to Jamaica to escape the pressure he was under from the father of Jean Armour whom he had made pregnant. Although they had agreed to marry, her parents had deflected her from this course and were pursuing Burns for a financial settlement.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT186.01A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Charles Douglas to Patrick Douglas dated Port Antonio 19th June 1786
Subject:
This is one of two preserved letters relating to the provision of a man to fill the post of assistant overseer on the sugar plantation of Charles Douglas in Jamaica who writes to his brother Dr Patrick Douglas in Cummnock to arrange the recruitment. It is a post which Burns agreed to fill and met with Douglas in Ayr in August to arrange details.
Who:
Charles Douglas (plantation owner)
Dr Patrick Douglas (brother of Charles Douglas)
When:
19th June 1786 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
This is one of two preserved letters relating to the provision of a man to fill the post of assistant overseer on the sugar plantation of Charles Douglas in Jamaica who writes to his brother Dr Patrick Douglas in Cummnock to arrange the recruitment. It is a post which Burns agreed to fill and met with Douglas in Ayr in August to arrange details.
Description:
Charles Douglas writes in this first page about the progress being made by some of his workers and offers to help a friend's son with work if he comes over. He also comments on the over supply of doctors and the difficulty they have finding employment. He then agrees to send money to a Mr Bell as requested by his brother.