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 : 06-07-1804
Correspondent : James CurrieCorrespondent Location : Liverpool
Recipient : Cadell & Davies Recipient Location : London
Subject : Currie talks about a possible new edition and notes that Cadell & Davies have been doing legal battle with the Glasgow publisher, Thomas Stewart.
Dear Sirs By the time this answer arrives the third edition of the Medical Reports will probably have reached you, and I hope the work such as it is will not have disappointed your expectations. I find there is a considerable desire that the second volume should be sold separately, and I wish you would take the propriety of this into consideration — I acknowledge the rect. of two draughts from you, one for sixty five pounds, on Mr James Wright, and another for forty pounds, on Mr Woodward, both of which are accepted & payable on the 18th of this month, and which when paid will be in full of the Copy-right in the work – I am perfectly satis=fied with ^your candour & liberality on this as on all former occasions. I have taken 12 copies for presents <> to be sent from this to different contributors & Correspondents, and must still beg the favour of your laying aside copies for the Gentlemen whose names are mentioned in the subjoined list — If you think me too free, pray correct me, by charging me with any copies that may seem to you to exceed the just number, for I should be truely sorry to abuse your liberal indulgence — I saw with concern the issue of your trial be=fore the Court of Session in regard to the Works of Burns; and shall be very happy if I can in any way <> contribute to ward off the conse=quences, towards which something may per=haps be done in a new Edition — Your conduct in regard to the Works in question & to=wards the family of Burns, entitles you to my best wishes, & to such services as my feeble health may admit. I shall be happy to hear from you at your leisure & I am Gentlemen yr. faithful friend & St JaCurrie Liverpool 6 July 1804 P.S. By this post I write to Dr Jackson addressed to yr. care.

Notes :

Medical Reports: Reports on the Effects of water in Febrile Disease (1797).

your trial … the Works of Burns: In 1804, on behalf of Burns’s children for whom Currie’s edition was designed to provide, Cadell & Davies sued the Glasgow publisher Thomas Stewart for damage to that edition by Stewart’s publication of additional material.

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