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Letter of Robert Burns to Mrs Graham of Fintry dated Ellisland 10th June 1790

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Letter of Robert Burns to Mrs Graham of Fintry dated Ellisland 10th June 1790 (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
Two page letter which Burns wrote to Graham of Fintry's wife enclosing a poem of which he was particularly pleased titled 'Epistle to Robert Graham Esq: of Fintry on the Election for the Dumfries string of Boroughs, Anno 1790-'. The letter expresses his indebtedness to the goodness of Robert Graham and his wife. (letter No 402)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.15A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Mrs Graham of Fintry dated Ellisland 10th June 1790
Subject:
He then goes on to express how deeply indebted he is to Mrs Graham and her husband for their goodness and Patronage. Dwelling on his own poverty which he hopes will be outlived by his poetry.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Margaret Elizabeth Graham, wife of Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
10th June 1790 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
He then goes on to express how deeply indebted he is to Mrs Graham and her husband for their goodness and Patronage. Dwelling on his own poverty which he hopes will be outlived by his poetry.
Description:
In the first page Burns starts by introducing his reason for writing as being the poem which he is inclosing 'particularly to You' for Mrs Graham. The ballad whose subject is her husband, being one which Burns feels is more successful than most.