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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 10 Sept 1788

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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 10 Sept 1788 (page 1 of 3)

Introduction:
A three page letter in which Burns explains his financial and farming problems and asks Robert Graham to consider making room for him in a local Excise Division by ousting the incumbent officer on the grounds that his financial need is the greater. Thereby solving his business problems and enabling him to embark on more literary projects in one move. (letter No 269). He also enclosed a poem no 230 'to Robert Graham of Fintry'.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.02A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 10 Sept 1788
Subject:
He also alludes to the growing realisation that the deal he struck in taking on the farm at Ellisland may not have been a good one describing it to be 'in the last stage of worn-out poverty', having only been working it for the current season. He however ends the page determined to see it through.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
10th September 1788 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
He also alludes to the growing realisation that the deal he struck in taking on the farm at Ellisland may not have been a good one describing it to be 'in the last stage of worn-out poverty', having only been working it for the current season. He however ends the page determined to see it through.
Description:
In the first page Burns acknowledges the previous assistance he had received from Robert Graham and asks for another favour. Setting the scene by explaining how he has financially supported his brother Gilbert and other family members to keep them from impending destruction.