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The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns (page 06 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:
BMT190F
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns
Subject:
At the end of the page Burns turns his attention to a Mr Stuart whom he has many fine words to say about. Some margin notes by someone else however suggest Burns was mislead.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Rev. William Greenfield, (d. 1827) (friend 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:
At the end of the page Burns turns his attention to a Mr Stuart whom he has many fine words to say about. Some margin notes by someone else however suggest Burns was mislead.
Description:
Page 6 has Burns completing his views on Blair whom he considers a fine writer and critic of prose, concluding 'he is a truly worthy and most respectable character'. He turns now to consider the Rev. William Greenfield. Burns admired and trusted him as 'a steady, most disinterested friend,' and then lists a number of his attributes which he describes as 'most engagingly charming'.