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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 4 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:
BMT173.12D
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Dumfries 5 January 1793
Subject:
He claims these have nothing to do with politics and offers to withdraw his subscription to the newspaper if this has been considered to be an improper act as far as his Excise masters are concerned. These were however not the only verses of his which had reached the newsprint, another (poem no 391) was considered less innocent.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Captain William Johnston (newspaper publisher)
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 claims these have nothing to do with politics and offers to withdraw his subscription to the newspaper if this has been considered to be an improper act as far as his Excise masters are concerned. These were however not the only verses of his which had reached the newsprint, another (poem no 391) was considered less innocent.
Description:
On this fourth page Burns attends to his relationship with the reforming politician from Edinburgh, Captain William Johnston, who had recently published the Gazetteer newspaper. Burns had submitted some verses of his for publication in the Gazetteer and enclosed copies of them with this letter to Graham.