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Letter of Robert Burns to Mrs (Jean Armour) Burns dated Ellisland 20th February 1789

Introduction:
This manuscript has been assembled from three components the bottom two clearly are from one letter and the top from another letter written by Robert Burns but at an earlier period from the style of the writing and on different paper. To describe it as one document may be misleading. (letter no 315)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT97A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
Subject:
It seems that the manuscript has been assembled because the content as read makes rough sense. However the widely differing writing style of the two parts makes it questionable as to why there were brought together this way.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Mrs Jean Armour Burns (1767-1834) (wife of Robert Burns)
When:
20 February 1789 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
It seems that the manuscript has been assembled because the content as read makes rough sense. However the widely differing writing style of the two parts makes it questionable as to why there were brought together this way.
Description:
Burns at the start indicates a return home in about eight days presumably from Edinburgh to Nithsdale. In the latter part of the document he is describing his negotiations with Creech his publisher and he is at one and the same time both satisfied and dissatisfied with the result.