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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

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:
BMT161A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to James Smith, dated Mauchline, 28th April, 1788
Subject:
The first page concludes with Burns quoting a 'wise old Scots Adage' which relates to his affair with Jean Armour and his eventual decision to get married along the lines, if you've got it, use it.
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 first page concludes with Burns quoting a 'wise old Scots Adage' which relates to his affair with Jean Armour and his eventual decision to get married along the lines, if you've got it, use it.
Description:
Burns opens with a jovial threat to Smith to deluge him with correspondence. (Strasburg is a type of linen and the expression of surprise used here is perhaps equivalent to the modern 'hold on to your hat'). Next Burns is leading up to divulging the fact of his marriage to 'a certain clean-limbed, handsome bewitching young Hussy', namely Jean Armour.