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Poem by Robert Burns - Epistle to the Rev (Dr) Thomas Blacklock. 'Wow but your letter made me vauntie' (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
This poem takes the form of a verse epistle, a letter in rhyme, wishing Dr Blacklock well. Burns explains the failed delivery of his previous letter to Dr Blacklock and gives him news of his move to Ellisland farm and the increased responsibilities to his family. (poem No 273) (letter no 365B)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT247.02A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns 'Epistle to Dr. Blacklock' (page 1 of 2)
Subject:
Dr Blacklock promoted acceptance Burns's work in Edinburgh and discouraged him from emigrating to Jamaica. Becoming firm friends they exchanged poems and songs while he lived although Burns at one point later on describes his songs as 'very silly'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Heron (1764-1807) (biographer of Burns)
Dr. Thomas Blacklock (1721-1791) (friend of Burns)
When:
21 October 1789 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Dr Blacklock promoted acceptance Burns's work in Edinburgh and discouraged him from emigrating to Jamaica. Becoming firm friends they exchanged poems and songs while he lived although Burns at one point later on describes his songs as 'very silly'.
Description:
In this first page Burns cheerfully greets his friend and castigated Robert Heron for not delivering his previous letter to Dr Blacklock as promised. He tells how he is now and exciseman and hope that his necessary attention to earning a living will not deprive him of attention to his muse.