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Autograph letter signed : [Dumfries], to George Thomson, [1796 June 17].

Author: Robert Burns; Thomson, Mr.
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Publication:Collection of letters from Robert Burns to George Thomson (MA 47 and MA 50) MA 50.23
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Noting that he once mentioned the air "Here's a health to them that's awa, hiney," stating that he has "just been trying to suit it with verses," and giving the verses of "Here 's a health to ane I lo'e dear." Stating that this letter will be delivered by Mr. Lewars, "a young fellow of uncommon merit," and giving an introduction. Stating that he has not kept copies of the songs he has sent to Thomson over the years,  Read more...
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Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Burns; Thomson, Mr.
OCLC Number: 589378208
Notes: With notes in Thomson's hand following "Here 's a health to ane I lo'e dear" reading "The Poet it is presumed never went farther with this Song. G.T."
Address panel with seal and postmarks (Dumfries and JU 17) and addressed to "Mr. George Thomson / Trustees' Office / Edinr / Pr favor of Mr. Lewars." ("Pr favor of Mr. Lewars" canceled). Docketed "June 1796."
Localization and dating from postmarks and docket.
"Here 's a health to ane I lo'e dear" without edits and as published in Kinsley.
"Here 's a health to ane I lo'e dear" first line: Here 's a health to ane I lo'e dear.
Part of a large collection of letters from Robert Burns to George Thomson. Items are described individually; see collection record (MA 47 and MA 50) for more information.
Description: 1 item (4 p.) ; 23.7 cm.

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Noting that he once mentioned the air "Here's a health to them that's awa, hiney," stating that he has "just been trying to suit it with verses," and giving the verses of "Here 's a health to ane I lo'e dear." Stating that this letter will be delivered by Mr. Lewars, "a young fellow of uncommon merit," and giving an introduction. Stating that he has not kept copies of the songs he has sent to Thomson over the years, and asking him, "when you have compleat [sic] leisure" to send the originals or copies, noting that Burns has "a fancy to review them all & possibly may mend some of them," and that he would "rather be the author of five well-written songs than of ten otherwise." Stating that he would suppress the verses to "Cauld kail in Aberdeem" and "Laddie lie near me," because "they are neither worthy of my name, nor of your book." Hoping that the approaching summer will "set me to rights," but noting that he as yet "cannot boast of returning health." Mentioning that "my complaint is a flying gout: -- a damnable business!"

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