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 : 26-04-1800
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers discuss sales and distribution arrangements for the edition.
Dear Sir –
      We are perfectly ↑satisfied↓ with what you have directed with Regard to the Liverpool Booksellers, as well as those in the different Towns in Scotland – When we received the Proofs of the Title Pages, we felt some Regret that Jones’s Name did not appear, though we were convinced that there were sufficient Reasons for the Omission, and this was evident from what you obligingly mention in your Letter – You will be so good as arrange the Distribution of the Family’s 500 copies in any Way you think best, and direct Mr. McCreery accordingly –
      We will chearfully take Charge of whatever Number it shall be judged best to commit to our Care, and render a faithful Account of them - Mr. McCreery will submit to you an Alteration we have suggested for the Titles, but which we leave wholly to your Decision – With Regard to the Price, we think the Work will certainly bear 31/6 in Boards, executed so handsomely as it is in every Respect, but it will not be necessary to mention this in the previous Advertisement - We shall esteem ourselves obliged by having a Copy sent us up by the Coach, the Instant the Edition is completed – You promise us the Pleasure of hearing from you again in a few Days, till when believe us, dear Sir,
            Your faithful and obedient Servants

                  Cadell & Davies


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