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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

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:
BMT170.07A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated, Brow, 7th July 1796
Subject:
He describes himself 'Pale, emaciated, & so feeble' and that 'my spirits fled! fled!', which is perhaps no surprise when he reveals that his medical folks tell him that this is ' his last and only chance' of a cure.
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:
He describes himself 'Pale, emaciated, & so feeble' and that 'my spirits fled! fled!', which is perhaps no surprise when he reveals that his medical folks tell him that this is ' his last and only chance' of a cure.
Description:
Written two weeks before his death, Burns on the first page is perceptive writing 'Alas! My friend, I fear the voice of the Bard will soon be heard among you no more'. His problem he says is 'excruciating rheumatism' and has been sent to Brow on the Solway coast on medical advice for a sea bathing, country living and riding cure.