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Letter of Robert Burns to William Creech at London, (13th May, 1787)

Introduction:
Written while staying at 'a solitary Inn in Selkirk, after a miserable wet day's riding'. The enclosed poem 'Willie's Awa' was written as a mock lament at his publisher's (William Creech) absence from Edinburgh while in London arranging for an English edition of Burns' poems. (letter no 106)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT132A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
Subject:
This letter to his publisher is written just three weeks after Creech agreed 'to take the whole upon himself', meaning the publication of Burns' poems.
Who:
William Creech (1745-1815) (publisher & bookseller)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
13 May 1787 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
This letter to his publisher is written just three weeks after Creech agreed 'to take the whole upon himself', meaning the publication of Burns' poems.
Description:
This is a single page covering letter to enclose a 'nearly extempore' twelve stanza verse of a lively nature to his publisher. He keeps the note short on account of being 'jaded to death', the result of his days riding in bad weather.