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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

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LETTERS.

No.

1 To a Female Friend, 1780.

2 & 3 To the same

3-6

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

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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

47
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 69

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 72

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

83 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

38 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.-Tb ks

for his Friendship

121

49 To Mrs. Dunlop, May 4.- Remarks on Dryden's Vir-
gil, and Pope's Odyssey

129

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 on 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

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

189

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 To Mrs. Dunlop, Nov.-Congratulations on the Birth

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. 7.-Inclosing his Elegy on

Miss Burnet

298

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