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Letter of Robert Burns to John Richmond, dated Mossgeil, 17th February, 1786

Introduction:
Burns tells Richmond of his latest work listing six titles and announcing that Robert Aitken of Ayr was now his chief Patron. He mentions that nothing has changed recently in 'Machlin', that he has important news of his own which he chooses not to divulge, and that the other member of their group Smith was now his only friend remaining. (letter no 21)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT122
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
Subject:
John Richmond is a close friend of Burns from his Mauchline days who has now become a Lawyer in Edinburgh and with whom Burns conducts an active correspondence of an intimate nature.
Who:
John Richmond (writer & friend of Burns)
Robert Burns (author)
Robert Aitken (1739-1807) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
17 February 1786 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
John Richmond is a close friend of Burns from his Mauchline days who has now become a Lawyer in Edinburgh and with whom Burns conducts an active correspondence of an intimate nature.
Description:
In this single page letter, Burns chides his friend on the long period of silence and urges him to write more often, promising to write back with letters 'as long as my arm'. He excuses the brevity of this letter, being too busy, and asks Richmond to send him a copy of a publication by Ferguson.