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The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns (page 07 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:
BMT190G
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns
Subject:
Burns's view of Creech is ambiguous but generally favorable but written at a time before Burns had his problems getting his money out of him. He appears to have been the best dinner table host who Burns had visited during his first stay in Edinburgh.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
William Creech (1745-1815) (publisher of Burns)
When:
9th April 1787 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns's view of Creech is ambiguous but generally favorable but written at a time before Burns had his problems getting his money out of him. He appears to have been the best dinner table host who Burns had visited during his first stay in Edinburgh.
Description:
Page 7 has Burns concluding his warm description of Mr Stuart and following this with remarks about his Edinburgh Publisher William Creech. His description of Creech has been criticised by occasional notes written in another hand, possibly that of Currie. Burns paints a favorable picture of Creech introduced as 'a strange mulitform character'.