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The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns (page 01 of 40)

Introduction:
Burns when he was in Edinburgh decided to create his second Commonplace Book where he could record his thoughts and compositions as they occurred to him. Commenced on April 9th 1787, its pages are numbered from 1 to 40 with pages 23-26 missing. The bulk of the pages contain copies of poems, which he saved for later use, and his personal reflections are confined to the first dozen or so pages.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT190A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns
Subject:
He wants to share his remarks not thinking of them as a solitary pleasure, but feels the world is unobservant and expresses some doubt about the wisdom of baring ones soul to the public lest it leads to loss of respect or worse become a matter of regret.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
When:
9th April 1787 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
He wants to share his remarks not thinking of them as a solitary pleasure, but feels the world is unobservant and expresses some doubt about the wisdom of baring ones soul to the public lest it leads to loss of respect or worse become a matter of regret.
Description:
Page 1 is where he explains his reasons for writing his second Commonplace book. Being new to Edinburgh and from country origins he feels he must capture his impressions while they are fresh in his mind having been there some months already.