Robert Burns & Mrs Dunlop Correspondence published in full for the 1st time with Elucidations by William Wallace editor OK ROIH1RT rHAMBIIlll MFil ANP Works 01- Robert Burns in 2 Vols. UMKS New York DODI, Mead & C. 1898 By R.B. Adam. JOKW WlWCN & Son, CAUMtDOX, USA. Chronology of Letters Vol. 2 vi Burns-Dunlop Correspondence Correspondence Between Robert Burns & Mrs Dunlop The following letter fills the long gap in Burns correspondence between his last of 6th September to Mrs Dunlop & the Whistle letter of iCth October to Captain Riddel. It contains an earlier account of the origin of the ballad The Five CariJns o the South than tlwt sent to Jrahnm in Decem ber, and this has of course not been before published in full. Captain Miller was returned in the election for the Dumfries Burghs to which the letter and ballad refer. It was he who in 1790 brought about the invitation from Perry of the At rmftg Chronicle to Burns to contribute to that journal Att. Mr. I if N i. oi of Ihmlop, Moreham Midim, nuur 1 ladcUngtcm. Ku. ls. ANti nd Oetebtr 1780. I beg yoitr partlon, dear Madam, for thi coawc papcr but I have no other large enough for a letter to YOU, I have often nuid and thought that 1 bad not time to write vox u.-x Correspondence between the letters I wished, when in fact, it was only the procrasti nating, enfeebling tyranny of Indolence now that excuse is literally true. Five days in the week, or four at least, I must be on horseback, and very frequently ride thirty or forty miles ere I return besides four different kinds of book-keeping to post every day. Still, Madam, be not afraid, as you are pleased to express so much satisfaction in mycorrespondence, that this additional hurry will in th least detach my heart from that friendship with which you have honored me, or even abridge my letters though it must at times prevent the regularity of my answers to yours I hold the epistles of a PRIKND to be the KACKAMKNTS of Friendship. To deface or destroy the shortest Billet of yours would shock my feelings as glaring Siicrikxlgc. In this country we arc just now Klcction-ttnd. Sir Jus. Johnston, the present Member for the Boroughs, has now opposite interests to the Great Man of tins pla v, QUKKNS UKRRVJI His knee is keenly attached to the JJulJ and blue Party rcncppdocs and apostates are, you know, always keen. My I indlortl s Son, a young Officer of twrnty, is his Graces creature, and is supported by the Koxitr Sir James, on the other hand, is backed by Mtrmterinl influence. The Boroughs are mudi divided, ami veer about with much uncertainty the wigftt of the itrgtunrntu of the several Candidates will determine their nurmi. I toll you all this insignificant stuff to enable you to nmicrKtaml the following Uallad whieh I have just composed an the occasion The Boroughs Are Dumfries Ixjchmaben, small old town once the private residence of Roiir. llMt, and romantically situated aiw n six or seven little tolce j Annan, Kircudhriffht and Snnquhar, near which la the oh castle of the Crightons, Robert Burns and Mrs. Dunlop 3 THE FIVE CARLINS O THE SOUTH A SCOTCH BALLAD Tune Chevy Chase.
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Edition: Robert Burns And Mrs Dunlop - Volume II: 2
Publisher: Hamlin press
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