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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries, Globe Inn, 4 September 1790

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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries, Globe Inn, 4 September 1790 (page 1 of 4)

Introduction:
Burns outlines his rapid promotion in his Excise career to his patron Graham and gives him some thoughts as to his future aspirations in this career which he sees as more beneficial than farming. The consequence being his intention to give up the Farm at Ellisland. (letter No 419)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.08A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries, Globe Inn, 4 September 1790
Subject:
Also he indicated that he had taken a Robin Hood type of approach which went down well with his masters and enhanced the value of his share of the fines (decreet) imposed on the defaulters he had brought to book.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
4th September 1790 (date written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Also he indicated that he had taken a Robin Hood type of approach which went down well with his masters and enhanced the value of his share of the fines (decreet) imposed on the defaulters he had brought to book.
Description:
Burns opens the letter by explaining that he has just left the Excise court in Dumfries and would appear to be writing it in the local pub. He describes how in his earlier 10 parish division he had achieved a valuable increase in his income through his effective manipulation of the system.