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

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:
BMT248A
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:
In this first page Burns acknowledges Ballantine's earlier support and then expresses even more respect for the most recent 'cordial, friendly welcome' and the way that his work has been promoted. 'handing him up to that dear lov'd Notice of the World'