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Letter of Robert Burns to James Smith, dated Mauchline, 28th April, 1788

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Letter of Robert Burns to James Smith, dated Mauchline, 28th April, 1788 (1)

Introduction:
This three page letter is written at the time Burns is receiving his Excise training in Mauchline and is penned to his old friend from his Mauchline youth who had owned a drapers shop there, and is now working as a calico printer in Linlithgow. Smith presumably has access to linen and other fabric products which Burns is taking advantage of. (letter no 237)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT161B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to James Smith, dated Mauchline, 28th April, 1788
Subject:
The last paragraph on page two has an explanation of the 'twenty four gun battery' metaphor which Burns has employed throughout the letter.
Who:
James Smith (1765 -?) (intimate friend of Burns)
Robert Burns (author)
Jean Armour (1767-1834) (wife of Robert Burns)
When:
28 April 1788 (date written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The last paragraph on page two has an explanation of the 'twenty four gun battery' metaphor which Burns has employed throughout the letter.
Description:
In page two Burns develops the idea that Jean Armour's obvious fertility could lead to him having a dozen pairs of twins within twelve months of marriage which leads him on to speculate how beneficial this would be from several standpoints including his own numerous 'Mason-meetings on the business I hope to have with their Mother'.