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 : 21-02-1798
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers write about advertising the edition, the issue of subscription and their payments to him.

Dear Sir
      You will, most probably, have observed our Advertisement in some of the London Papers we have ordered it to be inserted in eleven of them, twice in each, and we shall be glad to find you approve the form We beg you will not hesitate to suggest to us, from Time to Time, whatever Measures you think calculated to promote the Interests of the Subscription, as we shall have true Pleasure in co-operating, as far as lies in our Power, with your benevolent Exertions in behalf of the poor Bards Family.
      We perfectly understand each other about your own Volume We are to account to you for all the Copies sold of the first Edition, of Course charging against the Amount thereof whatever Expences have hitherto been incurred in Advertisements, &c.. All the Expences of the second and final Editions are to be defrayed by us, We are to pay you 60 at the end of six months from the Publication of the second edition, and a further Sum of 60 on the Publication of a third Edition, whenever that may happen and the Copyright is ours.
      The Measure we resorted to, of inserting the Volume in our Sale Catalogue, has had the desired effect, every Copy being ordered so that the sooner M↑r↓. M↑c↓Creery compleats the second Edition, the better. We have taken Care of the Copies for D↑rs↓. Blanc and Rollo.

      We are, dear Sir,
      very faithfully yours
      Cadell & Davies


Notes :

your own volume: Reports on the Effects of water in Febrile Disease (1797)

John Rollo (?-1809): medical education Edinburgh; military surgeon who served in the West Indies. Published Observations on the Diseases which Appeared in the Army on St. Lucia, in 1778 and 1789 (1780) and Observations on the Means of Preserving and Restoring Health in the West Indies (1783); also the influential An Account of Two Cases of Diabetes Mellitus (1797).

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