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Messrs Crosbies marked the price of the bar as 25. 9d., and put the order on the file where it must have remained many years, as the rust has acted on the paper and eroded the “ in their name.
ANOTHER UNPUBLISHED Note.—The following Excise Notice, in the holograph of the poet, served upon Robt. Moore, Esq., was presented to the Dumfries and Maxwelltown Observatory by Wm. Johnston, Esq., of Cowhill:
“Robt. Moore in Dumfries I hereby intimate to you that by decreet of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Dumfries you are fined in the sum of 1 £ Ster. for making bricks without entry—and if the said sum be not paid within 14 days from this date you will incur an additional expence of 2d on each 1 Sh. Ster.
ROBT. BURNS. 26 Oct. 1789.” Does any one know anything of the following?
“FLITTING OF A BURNS RELIC.—Mr Wright, of the Strathbrock Hotel, Broxburn, has purchased for a handsome sum the window of a house in Kirkliston, originally an inn, at which Burns passed a night in one of his journeys from Edinburgh. On one of the panes the poet scratched the lines :
• The auts about a clod employ their cares,
And think the business of the world is theirs.
And mites conceive the world to be a cheese.' The window is being suitably encased, and will be placed in a prominent position in the hotel.
ADDRESS TO THE DEIL.”_Burns's famous Address which, as all the world knows, appeared in the first edition of his poems, must have darted, in the eternal fitness of things, through auld Scotland with the speed of the ancient fiery cross. Though the Poet added not the mystic letters R.S.V.P., yet it drew forth, ere he died, three printed and published replies. From the fountain-head, to wit, the now world-renowned press of “Wee Johnie," appeared only four years thereafter, strangely enough, in a volume of sermons, the first of these, entitled“The Deil's answer to his verra friend—R. Burns.” “Sermons in two volumes by John Dun, V.D.M.," is a book now rarely opened, except by the curious in search of this “Answer” and a short reference to Burns and “The Holy Fair”; or by the student of obsolete literature. M'Kie, in his Bibliography, says this “Reply” was written by one Ebenezer Picken. But, let it
be noted that "Auld Hornie" is omnipresent, for we find him replying from both sides of Scotland at a breath. In the same year appears a long poem of eighteen stanzas in the measure of the "Address," with a six-lined introductory rhyme "To the Reader." It is titled—“The Deil's Reply,” and occurs in “Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, by David Morison: Montrose: Printed by David Buchanan—1790.”
“ Curs'd be the verse, how smooth soe'er it flow,
Which tends to make one honest man my foe.”—Pope. This early and interesting item of Burnsiana, hailing as it does, from the calf country of Burns's father, has apparently been overlooked. I do not find it in M‘Kie's Bibliography, nor in the supplemental list published in last year's Chronicle. In M'Kie, however (page 113), there appears a note under the Poems of John Learmont (1791), which would seem to refer to this reply of Morison's. Five years elapse and “Clootie” is at it again. This time from the South, in an “An Address to the Deil by Robert Burns, with the answer by John Lauderdale, near Wigtown, printed in the year 1795,” which I find catalogued in your last Chronicle.-W. YOUNG, R.S.W.
— Mr. Young has in his possession a well-preserved copy of Morison's Poems.—[ED.]
ADDENDA TO POET'S DESCENDANTS (p. 34 of present issue). The following corrections and additions were kindly supplied by Mr. Burns-Begg, of Kinross, but they did not reach us in time to be inserted in the proper place.
CHILDREN OF ISABELLA (MRS. BEGG).
A full list of the grand-children of Mrs. Begg would require a large amount of space. The family of the Schoolmaster of Kinross alone included seven sons and three daughters.
Burns's CONNECTION WITH THE CANONGATE KILWINNING LODGE.—Mr. D. Murray Lyon, Secretary of Grand Lodge for Scotland, prints in the Freemason, the full terms of the minute
of meeting of above Lodge, at which it has been alleged Burns was made Poet-Laureate.
“ St. John's CHAPEL, Ist MARCH, 1787. “The Lodge being duly constituted, it was reported that since last meeting R. Dalrymple, Esq. ; F. T. Hammond, Esq. ; R. A. Maitland, Esq., were entered apprentices; and the following brethren passed and raised : R. Sinclair, Esq. ;. A. M‘Donald, Esq. ; C. B. Clive, Esq. ; Captain Dalrymple; R. A. Maitland, Esq. ; F. T. Hammond, Esq. ; Mr. Clavering ; Mr. M‘Donald ; Mr. Miller; Mr. Sime; and Mr. Gray, who all paid their dues to the Treasurer. No other business being before the meeting, the Lodge adjourned.
ALEX. FERGUSSON, M.
Jo. MILLER, J.W.” The correspondence on the subject, edited by Mr. Wm. Officer, has been printed in book form for private circulation.—[D.S.]
INTERESTING BURNS RELIC.—Mrs. Hutchison, daughter of Colonel James Glencairn Burns, the third son of Robert Burns, presented Mr. John Muir, late editor of the Burns Chronicle, with a tumbler originally the property of our National Poet. The relic is enclosed in a handsome oak case, lined with green velvet, and secured by a lock. On one side of the tumbler is engraved an enlarged copy of the Poet's Seal, or Burns's Arms, as it is styled by the family; and on the other side the following inscription cut out on the glass :- This Glass, once the property of Robert Burns, was presented by the Poet's Widow to James Robinson, Esq., and given by his Widow to her son-inlaw, Major James Glencairn Burns. 1840." The following letter, in the holograph of the donor, gives the history of the relic :
“3 BERKELEY STREET,
CHELTENHAM, JULY 6TH, 1892. “ MY DEAR MR. MUIR,—.
I purpose sending you by the parcels post to-night, enclosed in a box, a tumbler that belonged to my grandfather, the Poet, and hope you will accept it from me.
I believe he had four of them, but one has been broken. The one I now send you was given by my grandmother, Jean Armour, to Mr. James Robinson, of Sunderland. He was father of my mother, who died when I was born.
When my father returned from India, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Robinson, gave this tumbler to my father, and he had the inscription and his father's coat of arms engraved on the glass.
Now for the history of the box :-It was made from one of the piles of old London Bridge. The light pieces of oak are from the 'Royal George.' My father had them given him by friends. --Yours sincerely,
AULD LANG SYNE IN HAWAIIAN.—In presenting our readers with a specimen of this curiosity we cannot do better than quote the words of the translator, Mr. W. F. Wilson, an enthusiastic Scot, resident in Honolulu.
Mr. Wilson says :“This is the only attempt, so far as I am aware, to give in Hawaiian any of Burns' songs.
further mention that it is next to impossible to translate into Hawaiian and make the verses either rhyme or to have the same number of feet in each line." We give the chorus as an elocutionary and musical novelty for the approaching anniversary.
A nolaila no ka manawa i hala, kuu hoalauna,
No ka manawa loihi i hala.
BURNS PORTRAITS.—There are four portraits in existence for which Burns is said to have given sittings, viz. :
IV.-Taylor's Bust. There is no doubt of the first two of these; as to the third, there is a concensus of skilled opinion that the picture bequeathed from the Watson collection is this identical portrait; the fourth has always been considered a bad likeness, and its authenticity is questioned. To these fall to be added Mier's Silhouette, for which he also sat.
Skirving's head, excellent though it be, must be classed as a copy of Nasmyth, along with Allan's figure in his picture of “The Cottar's Saturday Night." The Nasmyth in the National Gallery, London, and that at Auchendrane, Ayrshire, are replicas. As to the “Kerry Miniature" neither Mr. Stevenson nor Mr. Mackay recognises it as a portrait of the Bard. The “Reid Miniature" discredits it. Both cannot be correct.—[Ed.]
“ELIBANKS AND ELIBRAES.”_That Burns tried his hand at purifying this old obscene song, we know from his letter to Ainslie of date November, 1791. He there says "I began 'Elibanks and Elibraes,' but the stanzas fell unenjoyed and unfinished from my listless tongue.” Has anyone ever heard of the following version ?
“O! Elibanks and Elibraes,
My blessings aye befa' them ;
When first wi' you I saw them;
My heart it grew sae fain, Jo,
An' gied them back again, Jo.
Sae green amang the heather,
To lo'e but ane anither.
The full moon shone sae cheerie;
And ca'd me aye your dearie.
On Elibanks the gowan,
And hangin' red the rowan !
We'll wander at our will, Jo,
We'll drink o'luve our fill, Jo."
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY.—It has been suggested that the “Biographical Summary” at the beginning of the present volume be stereotyped for handy reference in succeeding numbers. The Editor invites expressions of opinion on the point.