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THE

PROSE WORKS

OF

ROBERT BURNS,

NOW FIRST COLLECTED.

Containing his

LETTERS AND CORRESPONDENCE,

LITERARY AND CRITICAL ;

Extracts from his Journal and Common-Place Book ;

AND

AMATORY EPISTLES,

INCLUDING

LETTERS TO CLARINDA, &c,

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. MARSHALL,

IN THE OLD FLESH-MARKET

21. 1946

LETTERS.

No.

1 To a Female Friend, 1780.

2 & 3 To the same

4 To the same.-On her Rejection of his Suit

8

5 To his Father, when the Author was a Flax-dresser 10

6. To Mr. John Murdoch, the Author's foriner Teacher,

giving an Account of his present Studies and

Temper of Mind, Jan. 15, 1783.

12

7 Extracts from Manuscripts.- Observations on various

Subjects

15

8 To Mr. Aiken.Written under Distress of Mind 25

9 To Mrs. Dunlop.-Thanks for her Notice-Praise of

her Ancestor, Sir William Wallace

29

10 To Mrs. Stewart, inclosing a Poem on Miss A- 31

11 Dr. Blacklock to the Rev. G. Laurie.--Encouraging

the Bard to visit Edinburgh, and print a new

Edition of his Poems ...

33

12 From Sir John Whitefoord

35

13 From

Dec. 22, 1786.- Advice to

the Bard, how to conduct himself in Edinburgh 36

14 To Mr. Chalmers.-Praise of Miss Burnet, of Monboddo 37

15 To the Earl of Eglinton.--Thanks for his Patronage 39

16 To Mrs. Dunlop, Jan. 15, 1787.-Account of his

Situation in Edinburgh

40

17 To Dr. Moore.-Grateful Acknowledgments of his

Notice of Burns, in Letters to Mrs. Dunlop 43

18 From Dr. Moore. - In Answer to the foregoing, and

inclosing a Sonnet on the Bard, by Miss Williams 44

19 To Dr. Moore, Feb. 15, 1787.-In Reply

20 From Dr. Moore, Feb. 28, 1787.Sends the Bard a

Present of his “View of Society & Manners,” &c.

21 To the Earl of Glencairn, 1787.-Grateful Acknow-

ledgment of Kindness

50

22 To the Earl of Buchan.-Reply to a Letter of Advice 52

23 Extract, concerning the Monument erected for Fer-

guson by our Poet

53

24 To
-, accompanying the foregoing

55

25 Extract, from

Good Advice ...

56

26 To Mrs. Dunlop, March 22, 1787.-Respecting his

Prospects on leaving Edinburgh

59

27 To the same, April 15, 1787.- On the same Subject 61

28 To Dr. Moore, April 23, 1787. On the same Şubject 62

29 Extract, to Mrs. Dunlop. ---Reply to Criticisms 64

30 Extracts from the Author's MS. Book, recording

whatever seemed to him worthy of Observation 65

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31 To the Rev. Dr. Hugh Blair, May 3, 1787.-Written

on leaving Edinburgh-Thanks for his Kindness

32 From Dr. Blair, May 4.-In Reply to the preceding 73

33 From Dr. Moore.-Criticism and good Advice ...

76

34 From Mr. John Hutchinson, June 14.-Account of

the Reception of our Bard's Poems in Jamaica 79

35 To Mr Ainslie.-.Description of his Tour in the

Highlands

81

36 To Dr. Moore, Aug. 2, 1787.-Giving a detailed

Account of the Author's Life

81

37 To Mr. Walker.-Inclosing the humble Petition of

Bruar Water to the Duke of Athole

101

88 To Mr. Gilbert Burns, Sept. 17.-Account of his

Tour through the Highlands

103

39 From Mr. W-

In Reply to No. 37. 105

40 From Mr. John Murdoch, in London, Oct. 28, 1787.

-In Answer to No. 6.

109

41 From Mrs.

Nov. 30.-Inclosing Erse

Songs, with the Music

111

42 To

Dalrymple, Esq.-Congratulation on his

becoming a Poet-Praise of Lord Glencairn 113

43 To Mrs. Dunlop.--Written on Recovery from Sickness 115

44 To the same, Feb. 12.-Defence of himself

116

45 To a Lady.-Who had heard that he had ridiculed her 117

46 To Mr. Cleghorn.-Mentioning his having composed

the first Stanza of the Chevalier's Lament ... 118

47 To Mrs. Dunlop. Giving an Account of his Prospects 119

48 To Professor Dugald Stewart,-May 3, 1788.-Thanks

for his Friendship

121

49 To Mrs. Dunlop, May 4.-Remarks on Dryden's Vir.

gil, and Pope's Odyssey

122

50 To the same, May 27.-General Reflections

123

51 To the same, at Mr. Dunlop's, Haddington, June 13.

-Account of his Marriage

125

52 To Mr. P. Hill. With a Present of Cheese

127

53 To Mrs. Dunlop.--With Lines on a Hermitage 130

54 To the same.-Farther Account of his Marriage 133

55 To the same, Aug. 16.-Reflections Human Life 135

56 To R. Graham, of Fintry, Esq.-A Petition for a

Situation in the Excise

139

57 To Mr. P. Hill, Oct. 1.-Criticism on a Poem, in-

titled, An Address to Lochlomond”

140

58 To Mrs. Dunlop, at Moreham Maines, Nov. 13. 144

59 To

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Nov. 8.-Defence of the Family of the

Stuarts-Baseness of insulting fallen Greatness 146

60 To Mrs. Dunlop, Dec. 17.-With the Soldier's Song

" Go fetch to me a Pint o' Wine"

150

61 To a young Lady, who had heard he had been making

a Ballad on her, inclosing that Ballad

152

62 To Sir John Whitefoord.—Thanks for Friendship-

Reflections on the Poetical Character

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63 From Gilbert Burns, Jan 1, 1789.-Reflections sug-

gested by the Day

157

64 To Mrs. Dunlop.-Reflections on New Year's Day 158

65 To Dr. Moore. --Account of his Situation and Prospects 160

66 To Bishop Geddes, Feb. 3.-The same Subject 164

67 To Mrs. Dunlop, March 4.-Reflections after a visit

to Edinburgh

166

68 To the Rev. P. Carfrae.-Advice respecting the Pub-

lication of Mr. Milne's Poems

169

69 To Dr. Moore, March 23.-Inclosing a Poem

171

70 To Mr. Hill, April 2.-Apostrophe to Frugality 173

71 To Mrs. Dunlop, April 4.-With Lines to the Right

Hon. C. J. Fox

176

72 To Mr. Cunningham, May 4.-With the first Draught

of the Poem on a wounded Hare

177

73 To Mr. M'Auley, of Dumbarton, June 4.-Account

of his Situation

75 To Mrs. Dunlop, June 21.-Reflections on Religion 181

76 From Dr. Moore, June 10.-Good Advice

183

77 From Mr.

Some Account of Ferguson 185

78 To Mr.

In Answer ...

187

79 To Mrs. Dunlop, Sept. 6.-Praise of Zeluco

80 To R. Graham, Esq.-Inclosing some Electioneering

Ballads, &c.

191

81 To Mrs. Dunlop.-Serious and interesting Reflections 194

82 To Sir John Sinclair.--Account of a Book Society

among

the Farmers of Nithsdale

198

82 To Mr. Gilbert Burns, Jan. 11, 1790.-With a Pro-

logue spoken on the Dumfries Theatre

201

83 To Mrs. Dunlop, Jan. 25.-Some Account of Fal-

conar, Author of the Shipwreck

202

84 From Mr. Cunningham.--Enquiries after our Bard 205

85 To Mr. Cunningham, Feb. 13.-In Reply to the above 206

86 To Mr. Hill, March 2,_Orders for Books

210

87 To Mrs. Dunlop, April 10.-Remarks on the Loun-

ger, and on Mr. Mackenzie's Writings

213

88 To Dr. Moore. Thanks for a Present of Zeluco 217

89 To Mrs. Dunlop, Aug. 8. -Written under a Feeling

of wounded Pride

219

90 To Mr. Cunningham, Aug. 8.- Aspirations after

Independence

220

91 Tó Mrs. Dunlop, Nov.-Congratulations on the Birth

of her Grandson

221

92 To Mr Cunningham, Jan 23, 1791.-With an Elegy

on Miss Burnet, of Monboddo

223

93 To Mr. Peter Hill, Jan, 17.-Indignant Apostrophe
to Poverty

224

94 To A. F. Tytler, Esq.-Criticism on “Tam o' Shanter" 226

95 To Mrs. Dunlop, Feb. 17.-Inclosing his Elegy on

Miss Burnet

228

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