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Letter of Robert Burns to Peter (Patrick) Miller, of Dalswinton, by Dumfries; Edinburgh 17th Sept, 1787

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Letter of Robert Burns to Peter (Patrick) Miller, of Dalswinton, by Dumfries; Edinburgh 17th Sept, 1787 (1)

Introduction:
Letter written in September 1787. The main themes of this document are : Burns' interest in the lease at 'Elesland farm' and the forwarding of two of his Poems with this letter to Miller. (Letter no 139)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT138B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Peter (Patrick) Miller, of Dalswinton, by Dumfries; Edinburgh 17th Sept, 1787
Subject:
In January of this year, Burns wrote a letter to his friend John Ballantine. Writing 'My generous friend, Mr Peter Miller(...) has been talking with me about the lease of some farm or other in an estate called Dasswinton ...'
Who:
Peter (Patrick) Miller (1731-1815) (banker, landowner)
Robert Burns (author)
William Creech (publisher and bookseller)
Isabella McLeod (daughter of the Laird of Raasay)
William Cruikshank (Burns lived with the Cruikshank family, late 1787 to early 1788)
John Ballantine (1743-1812) (friend of Burns)
When:
28 September 1787 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
In January of this year, Burns wrote a letter to his friend John Ballantine. Writing 'My generous friend, Mr Peter Miller(...) has been talking with me about the lease of some farm or other in an estate called Dasswinton ...'
Description:
The second of two pages, this being the 'please turn over' from the first page. In essence this postscript refers to a poem included 'to Miss Isabella McLeod' ('The crimson blossom charms the bee'). Burns also notes his intention to conclude his 'tedious business' with his publisher Creech in Edinburgh and wishes to find out Miller's intentions regarding the lease of the farm at Elesland.