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AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE,
A CRITICISM ON HIS WRITINGS.
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE CHARACTER AND CONDITION OF THE SCOTTISH PEASANTRY.
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, STRAND;
AND W. CREECH, AT EDINBURGH;
BY J. M'CREERY, BLACK-HORSE-COURT, FLEET-STREET.
It is impossible to dismiss this Volume of the Correspondence of our Bard, without some anxiety as to the reception it may meet with. The experiment we are making has not often been tried; perhaps on no occasion has so large a portion of the recent and unpremeditated effusions of a man of genius been committed to the press.
Of the following letters of Burns, a considerable number were transmitted for publication, by the individuals to whom they were addressed; but very few have been printed entire. It will easily be believed, that, in a series of letters, written without the least view to publication, various passages were found unfit for