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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 13 May 1789

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Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 13 May 1789 (page 1 of 3)

Introduction:
A three page letter in which Burns advises Robert Graham's how he has progressed with the Dumfries Collector, to whom Graham had introduced him. Also it included a poem for Mrs Graham and invited Robert Graham and his friend Sir William Murray for a meal at Ellisland farm should they be passing. (letter No 341).
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.04A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Robert Graham dated Ellisland 13 May 1789
Subject:
Burns describes his meeting with John Mitchell the excise collector in Dumfries whom Graham had written a letter of introduction to on Burns' behalf, and reports that he had been received politely and that another meeting was in prospect. He proposes not to appear as 'a hungry rook gaping for a morsel'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
13th May 1789 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns describes his meeting with John Mitchell the excise collector in Dumfries whom Graham had written a letter of introduction to on Burns' behalf, and reports that he had been received politely and that another meeting was in prospect. He proposes not to appear as 'a hungry rook gaping for a morsel'.
Description:
In page one Burns indicated his intention to make up a small book of unpublished poems to send to Mrs Graham but in the meantime he enclosed one which he has recently written. (In pencil on the letter is written 'Verses on a wounded hare' suggesting this was the poem enclosed).