The prose works of Robert Burns

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Contents

Dr Blacklock to the Rev G Laurie Encouraging the Bard to visit Edinburgh and print a new Edition of his Poems
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From Sir John Whitefoord
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From Dec 22 1786 Advice
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To Mr Chalmers Praise of Miss Burnet of Monboddo 37
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To Dr Moore Grateful Acknowledgments of his Notice of Burns in Letters to Mrs Dunlop 43
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From Dr Moore In Answer to the foregoing and inclosing a Sonnet on the Bard by Miss Williams 44
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To Dr Moore Feb 15 1787 In Reply
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From Dr Moore Feb 28 1787 Sends the Bard a Present of his View of Society Manners
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To the Earl of Glencairn 1787 Grateful Acknow ledgment of Kindness
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To the Earl of Buchan Reply to a Letter of Advice 23 Extract concerning the Monument erected for Fer guson by our Poet
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To accompanying the foregoing
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Extract from Good Advice
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To Mrs Dunlop March 22 1787 Respecting his Prospects on leaving Edinburgh
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To the same April 15 1787 On the same Subject
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To Dr Moore April 23 1787 On the same Şubject
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To the Rev Dr Hugh Blair May 3 1787 Written
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To Mr Walker Inclosing the humble Petition
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Extract to Mrs Dunlop Reply to Criticisms
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Extracts from the Authors MS Book recording whatever seemed to him worthy of Observation
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To Mr Gilbert Burns Sept 17 Account of
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From Mrs
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To a Lady Who had heard that he had ridiculed her
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To the same May 27 General Reflections
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To Mrs R Advising her what Play to bespeak
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To Mr P Hill With a Present of Cheese
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To R Graham of Fintry Esq A Petition for
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To Mrs Dunlop Dec 17 With the Soldiers Song
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gested by the Day
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To Mrs Dunlop Reflections on New Years Day
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To Dr Moore Account of his Situation and Prospects
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To Bishop Geddes Feb 3 The same Subject
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To Mrs Dunlop March 4 Reflections after a visit to Edinburgh
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To the Rev P Carfrae Advice respecting the Pub lication of Mr Milnes Poems
169
To Dr Moore March 23 Inclosing a Poem
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To Mr Hill April 2 Apostrophe to Frugality
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To Mr MAuley of Dumbarton June 4 Account of his Situation
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To Mrs Dunlop June 21 Reflections on Religion
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From Dr Moore June 10 Good Advice
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From Mr Some Account of Ferguson
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In Answer
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To Mr Hill March 2Orders for Books
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To Mrs Dunlop April 10 Remarks on the Louna ger and on Mr Mackenzies Writings
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To Dr Moore Thanks for a Present of Zeluco
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To Mrs Dunlop Aug 8 Written under a Feeling of wounded Pride
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To Mr Cunningham Aug 8 Aspirations after Independence
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To Mrs Dunlop Nov Congratulations on the Birth of her Grandson
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To Mr Cunningham Jan 23 1791 With an Elegy on Miss Burnet of Monboddo
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To Mrs Dunlop Feb 7 Inclosing his Elegy on Miss Burnet
228
To the Rev Arch Alison Feb 14 Acknowledg
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Subject for our Poets Muse
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To the same Fally of talking about ones private
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Arins to be cut on a Seal Moral Reflections
271
To Miss C Character and Temperament of a Poet
291
TOJ F Erskine Esq Gratitucle for his Patronage
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To a Lady In Favour of a Players Benefit
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To the same On a return of interrupted Friendship
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To Mrs Jan 20 1796 Thanks for
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tish Poetry and on many of his Songs c
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To Mr John Richmond Edinburgh Giving
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To Dr Mackenzie Inclosing extempore Verses
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To J Ballantyne Esq A Host of Patrons
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To the same With a Copy of Verses
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Friends and Acquaintance
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sters Grace
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To Miss M n Compliments a Greenland
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To Mr Robert Ainslie Finishing his Excise
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AffairsClose of a Letter of Bolingbroke to Swift
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To Mrs Dunlop Grateful for her CriticismsVer
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To Mr James HamiltonSympathy in his Mise
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To Mr Peter Hill Apology for his SilenceRe
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To Mr Murdoch Apology for NegligenceVene
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To Mr Thomas Sloan Favourite Quotations
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To R Graham Esq Exculpates himself from
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Constitution and ReformHis Independence
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To Miss K Force of Beauty on PoetsA
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To the Earl of Glencairn Remembrance of
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To Peter Miller Esq Declines an Engagement
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To the Editors of the Morning Chronicle On
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Address of the Scots Distillers to Mr Pitt
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LETTERS to CLARINDA c 687
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Page 375 - Scotland, that it was Robert Bruce's march at the battle of Bannockburn. This thought, in my solitary wanderings, warmed me to a pitch of enthusiasm on the theme of liberty and independence, which I threw into a kind of Scottish ode, fitted to the air, that one might suppose to be the gallant Royal Scot's address to his heroic followers on that eventful morning.
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