Left: James Currie. Right: a portrait of Burns by Archibald Skirving, published in The Works of Robert Burns, by Blackie and Son, Glasgow, 1854.
Date : 03-11-1799
Correspondent : Mrs Frances DunlopCorrespondent Location : Dunlop
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : Mrs Dunlop enquires of Currie of the progress of his edition.

My Dear Sir
      It is now so long since I had the pleasure of hearing of you that however much the sight of your hand must always rejoice me I doubt if even kindness such as I have ever experienced yours may still retain a Remembrance of mine yet I flatter myself you must ever acknowledge and love the name of Wallace to your regard for which and gratitude for the justice with which it must ever distinguish that of Currie I appeal for that welcome which I trust this letter or its author with all their imperfections on their heads shall meet from you independent of any other claim . did my silence require an appology I should readily find one in my fears of incroaching on time so precious to society as that of a Man at once the phicisian of the Body and the minds of our [?] or not to wound that modesty the inseperable companion of universaly acknowleged talents which would make you shrink back from the very shadow of their praise I might have recourse to the indolence seventy years has been ac-cumulating and which has now hid me from the blame of those who forget I ever existed or was their friend in days of yore. instead of either proud of your notice I indulge nature and crosed once more into your Valued presence feeling pleasure in the permission derived from your former friendly reception and that intercourse with which you have now for years past favour-ed me venture to enquire for those in whose welfare I shall ever feel a warm interest and to present my respectfull Compts and best wishes to Mrs Currie Wallace and every individual of your family as well as to Mrs Wallace and her Daughter who I once heard had had thoughts of being in Scotland this season when I hoped I should have seen them and heard of you all a pleasure of which I now begin almost to dispair for the present but for which I can never cease to wish unless the exhausting events of existence shall at last render me callous to every feeling of sensibility that gratitude ought to excite and which the pleasing recollection of having seen William Wallace never fails to awaken in my mind. what is become of all his nephews should my son have it in his power to see you in his way from London where he now is do enable him to tell me all about you and yours nothing will be to me indifferent in which he would have been concerned or in which you are still to tell that time when probably I may in a higher sphere be favoured with more amply knowledge than even your Superiour abilities can glean up in this transitory scene to which I hope for the sake of my Country you shall be long confined after I am gone to that Country from whose bound no traveler returns. meanwhile as I long for the delight of running over a few more of your pages befor my removale I must beg your bestowing a Spare moment when you find it least inconvenient to tell me what is come of the posthumeous Work of our dead poet and my living friends kind Sarcophagos for his memory and in what are at present imployed the assiduities of the immortal Roscoe whose genious I look upon as a blessing to Liverpool only to be exceeded by that which Florence derived from his Laurenzo indeed though I know you will laugh at me I think his appearance of more intrinsick efficacy be cause in your town I know no ? that had gone before him and the first mover of such a change as you have wrought among your Inhabitants has certainly a world of claims on the voice of Fame and it confounds one to think in what a short space of time you have consolidate them Keith joins me in Compt forgive the long scrawl with which I have presumed to fire your patience and believe me with the sincerest esteem and regard for yourself and admiration for your beneficial work Dr Sir

Truly yours [???]

Fran: A: Dunlop

may I trouble you to Remember me to my favourite friend Miss E. McAdam and decorate with your Eloquence to Mr Howarts family my Congratulations on their late happiness in which I sincerely rejoice and offer hopes and wishes for its permanency to all concerned


Notes :

name of Wallace: Mrs Dunlop was proud to be descended from William Wallace.

William Wallace: William Wallace Currie, eldest son of James Currie.

Roscoe Laurenzo: Roscoe published his biography of the fifteenth century Florentine statesman, Life of Lorenzo de Medici (1796).

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