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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 3 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:
BMT173.02C
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 10 Sept 1788
Subject:
Burns closes with a scripture reference to thank his benefactor.
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:
Burns closes with a scripture reference to thank his benefactor.
Description:
Burns has at the end of the second page noted his intention to include a poem which he has written and inscribes to Robert Graham in which he produces an adulatory set of verses based on the patronage he has received. Burns also sent copies to a number of friends who thought well of it. (poem no 230) which he also copied into his second Common-place Book dated 8th September 1788.