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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 3 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:
BMT173.08C
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries, Globe Inn, 4 September 1790
Subject:
He explains then that he has recently moved to a foot-walk Division in Dumfries after only a few months in his 10 parish ride in Nithsdale. This was an extremely fast promotion and may have encouraged his future thoughts which he expresses of being a Supervisor in the North of Scotland.
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:
He explains then that he has recently moved to a foot-walk Division in Dumfries after only a few months in his 10 parish ride in Nithsdale. This was an extremely fast promotion and may have encouraged his future thoughts which he expresses of being a Supervisor in the North of Scotland.
Description:
Burns continues on page three to encourage Graham to advise him on the best course of action to further his cause to become an Excise Examiner. Using a Miltonian example to express his fears of the consequence of making a wrong approach.