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Letter of Robert Burns to (William Creech), 24th January, 1788

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Letter of Robert Burns to (William Creech), dated 24th January, 1788

Introduction:
Written in January 1788, this is a letter from Burns to his publisher. At this time, Burns is waiting for settlement from the publisher - the payment of subscription money and the 'issuing and honoring the promissory note for the 100 guineas.' (letter 185A)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT141
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to (William Creech), 24th January, 1788
Subject:
It is said that Lord Glencairn introduced Burns to Creech and Creech became Burns' publisher. This letter stems from a 'Memorandum of Agreement' drawn up between Poet and publisher - an agreement which Creech has been slow, in part, to honour. The original manuscript of 'Agreement' is on display at Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway.
Who:
William Creech (1745-1815) (publisher and bookseller)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
24 January 1788 (place of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
It is said that Lord Glencairn introduced Burns to Creech and Creech became Burns' publisher. This letter stems from a 'Memorandum of Agreement' drawn up between Poet and publisher - an agreement which Creech has been slow, in part, to honour. The original manuscript of 'Agreement' is on display at Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway.
Description:
The 'business' Burns refers to concerns money matters. Indeed, Burns went to Edinburgh in the Autumn of 1787 to sort matters out with Creech, namely; the 'business' which Burns says has 'kept me four months'. Describing Creech as 'my friend, my Patron', Burns is appealing to Creech to honour agreements as soon as possible.