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Poem by Robert Burns 'To Robert Graham Esq, of Fintry' (page 1 of 4)

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Poem by Robert Burns to Robert Graham of Fintry- contained in Letter to him dated Ellisland 5 Oct 1791 (page 1 of 4)

Introduction:
Robert Burns was suffering from an injured leg but more, from low spirits. He bemoans his lot to Graham, his main Patron now Glencairn has died. With his marvelous mind for detail Burns characterises his woes. He wishes he was dull, uninspired, then he could have a contented life. (poem No 335)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT173.09A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns 'To Robert Graham Esq, of Fintry' (page 1 of 4)
Subject:
Burns met Robert Graham at Athole House, Blair Atholl in 1787. Burns took to him personally and later, once Graham had become a Commissioner of the Scottish Board of Excise, sought Graham's good offices to get himself a position with the Excise in Dumfries. In his accompanying letter he describes this Epistle as 'a sheetful of groans'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
James Cunningham, 14th Earl of Glencairn, (1749-1791) (friend of Burns)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
5 October 1791 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns met Robert Graham at Athole House, Blair Atholl in 1787. Burns took to him personally and later, once Graham had become a Commissioner of the Scottish Board of Excise, sought Graham's good offices to get himself a position with the Excise in Dumfries. In his accompanying letter he describes this Epistle as 'a sheetful of groans'.
Description:
In this first page Burns tell Graham of his recent injuries and asks him to sooth him by listening to his hard-luck story. While Nature looks after creatures in the wild, Burns complains that she does not look after him a mere poet.