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Letter of Robert Burns to John Ballantine, dated Mossgeil, 27th September, 1786 (1)

Introduction:
A two page letter to John Ballantine expressing profuse thanks for the support he has received after the publication of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems and announcing his intention to enclose a copy of his poem 'The Brigs of Ayr?'. (letter no 51)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT248B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
Subject:
John Ballantine at the time of this letter was Ayr's Dean of Guild, later to become Provost of Ayr. A merchant and Banker he had encouraged Burns to publish a second edition of his poems in Edinburgh and had offered to lend him money in support. It was Ballantine's campaign for the building of a new bridge over the river Ayr which inspired Burns to write the poem and to inscribe a copy to him.
Who:
John Ballantine (1743-1812) (friend and patron of Burns)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
27 September 1786 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
John Ballantine at the time of this letter was Ayr's Dean of Guild, later to become Provost of Ayr. A merchant and Banker he had encouraged Burns to publish a second edition of his poems in Edinburgh and had offered to lend him money in support. It was Ballantine's campaign for the building of a new bridge over the river Ayr which inspired Burns to write the poem and to inscribe a copy to him.
Description:
The second page continues Burns's profuse thanks to Ballantine and then says that he has 'taken the liberty to inscribe the inclosed poem to you' (Poem no 120). Explaining that 'it is not the anxiously served up address of the Author wishing to conciliate a liberal Patron; but the honest Sincerity of heart-felt Gratitude'.