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Letter of Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated, Brow, 7th July 1796

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Letter of Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated, Brow, 7th July 1796 (1)

Introduction:
Three page letter from Burns to his friend Cunningham in reply to an earlier letter and explaining his various medical, financial and family problems with which he is beset. He is seeking Cunningham's help to get his full salary restored from the Excise commissioners. (letter no 700)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT170.07B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated, Brow, 7th July 1796
Subject:
His thoughts then turn to home where he tells Cunningham that his wife is close to giving birth and that he intends to name the child 'if of the right gender' Alexander Cunningham Burns, mentioning that his previous child was named James Glencairn (after another patron).
Who:
Alexander Cunningham (c. 1763-1812) (intimate friend of Burns from Edinburgh)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
7 July 1796 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
His thoughts then turn to home where he tells Cunningham that his wife is close to giving birth and that he intends to name the child 'if of the right gender' Alexander Cunningham Burns, mentioning that his previous child was named James Glencairn (after another patron).
Description:
In page two Burns explains that as he is on sick leave, the Excise commissioners will only pay him a reduced salary. He asks him to lean on the commissioners whom he expects to be friends of Cunningham to make an exception or else 'I must lay my account with an exit en poet, if I die not of disease I must perish with hunger'.