Show Navigation

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

Back

View Large Image

Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries, Globe Inn, 4 September 1790 (page 2 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:
BMT173.08B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries, Globe Inn, 4 September 1790
Subject:
He declares his interest in a Port division and explains that he had already received some support from his 'kind funny friend, Captain Grose'. He goes on to say that he has his eye on becoming an Examiner which was a precocious aspiration having been in the service less than a year, but he is not daunted.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Captain Frances Grose (1731-1791) (historian and friend of Burns)
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:
He declares his interest in a Port division and explains that he had already received some support from his 'kind funny friend, Captain Grose'. He goes on to say that he has his eye on becoming an Examiner which was a precocious aspiration having been in the service less than a year, but he is not daunted.
Description:
Burns starts page two declaring his intention to rid himself of Ellisland farm which he considers now to be a hindrance in his Excise career as well as turning the man who works it into a drudge. He now importunes Graham to assist him with his next step up the Excise ladder.