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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 31 December 1792

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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 31 December 1792 (page 2 of 3)

Introduction:
A three page letter in which Burns reveals to Robert Graham his patron that he has been suspected of being disloyal to the government for whom he works and is to be investigated. He appeals to Graham's humanity and pleads for his assistance in refuting the charges. (letter no 528)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.11B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 31 December 1792
Subject:
He claims that while if he had been single and without the responsibility of a family he could have faced the prospect on his own, the family ties force him to appeal to the good offices of his patron to save him from this undeserved plight.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
31st December 1792 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
He claims that while if he had been single and without the responsibility of a family he could have faced the prospect on his own, the family ties force him to appeal to the good offices of his patron to save him from this undeserved plight.
Description:
Page two finishes Burns's denial of wrongdoing claiming that the accusations were made by a villain and are pure lies. He moves on to appeal in abject tone to Graham's friendship, leaning on the obligation he feels for his patronage and appealing to his humanity.