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 : 19-05-1801
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers write that the 2nd edition is selling out.
Dear Sir
      It will give you Pleasure to hear that the 2.d Edition of Burns is getting so low, that we are not merely beginning to think of a third, but actually making Preparation for it You will therefore, at your earliest Leisure, have the Goodness to inform us whether or not you wish to make any Alterations or Corrections
      Have you lately heard from Mr Gilbert Burns? The Books which you were so kind as hint to us would be acceptable to him, were all sent, a long Time since, to the Care of our Friend Creech, and it would be a Gratification to us to know that they came safe to his Hands
      We are ever, dear Sir, with sincere Esteem and Regard, Your obliged and faithful Servants,

           Cadell & Davies

London
May 19, 1801

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