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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham c Dumfries 7 Jan. 1794

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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham c Dumfries 7 Jan. 1794 (page 1 of 4)

Introduction:
Four page letter in which Burns makes some suggestions to Graham for restructuring and streamlining of the Dumfries Divisions in the interests of economy, and at the same time asking for his name not to be revealed if anything were to come of it. (letter no 610)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.13A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham c Dumfries 7 Jan. 1794
Subject:
Burns concludes from his experience gained so far that there is a case for eliminating one of the Dumfries Divisions of the Excise, not only in slack times but also in the busiest. In essence he judges they are under worked even in his Division, which he claims is by far the heaviest.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
7th January 1794 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns concludes from his experience gained so far that there is a case for eliminating one of the Dumfries Divisions of the Excise, not only in slack times but also in the busiest. In essence he judges they are under worked even in his Division, which he claims is by far the heaviest.
Description:
In page one Burns ploughs straight in to say that what he is about to venture may be considered improper coming from him of low rank in the service, but he assures Graham that he is doing it 'from the best of motives' - Economy.