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The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns (page 05 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:
BMT190E
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns
Subject:
Blair seems to both delight and frustrate Burns, in one respect being someone he can truly like and on other occasions being too pompous and looking down on him. The words 'thus far' seem to have been added by Currie. Burns then faint-praises Blair for his 'industry and application'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
James Cunningham 14th Earl of Glencairn (1749-1791) (patron of Burns)
Revd. Dr Hugh Blair (1718-1800) (friend of Burns)
When:
9th April 1787 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Blair seems to both delight and frustrate Burns, in one respect being someone he can truly like and on other occasions being too pompous and looking down on him. The words 'thus far' seem to have been added by Currie. Burns then faint-praises Blair for his 'industry and application'.
Description:
Page 5 has Burns first sore with his Patron the Earl of Glencairn and then revealing his respect and love for him. Burns continues to reflect on those he has met in Edinburgh with some thoughts on Dr Hugh Blair whom he is more at ease with.