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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 5 January 1793

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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 5 January 1793 (page 3 of 7)

Introduction:
Seven page letter which Burns writes to Graham in defence of the disloyalty charges which had been brought against him. He gives a detailed response to refute each charge and feels he has accounted well enough for himself to ask Graham to support his next scheme for advancement. (letter No 530)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.12C
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 5 January 1793
Subject:
He acknowledges having 'unguardedly sported with' some Reform opinions in the past but declares that from now on his lips are sealed. Claiming also that he has behaved as a dutiful subject and citizen when asked to sign up to the constitutional creed.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
5th January 1793 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
He acknowledges having 'unguardedly sported with' some Reform opinions in the past but declares that from now on his lips are sealed. Claiming also that he has behaved as a dutiful subject and citizen when asked to sign up to the constitutional creed.
Description:
Page three is devoted by Burns to explaining his position in respect to the Reform principles charge and he explains his concerns relate solely to in his opinion a deviation from the original principles which has led to corruption.