Left: James Currie. Right: a portrait of Burns by Archibald Skirving, published in The Works of Robert Burns, by Blackie and Son, Glasgow, 1854.
CorrespondentRecipientSubjectDate
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDugald Stewart discusses Burns's education, and describes the poet's memorial to Robert Fergusson and his letters.N/AView
James CurrieWilliam RoscoeCurrie writes to Roscoe about Roscoe’s own work, asking Roscoe’s advice on what of Burns’s correspondence should be printed and reporting briefly on the progress of his putting together of Burns’s works in general.N/AView
William RoscoeJames CurrieWilliam Roscoe objects to his depiction of Burns’s moral character.N/AView
William RoscoeJames CurrieRoscoe recommends to Currie that he publishes all of the Burns material that he has shown him.N/AView
James CurrieGraham MooreCurrie talks of receiving a copy of Burns’s poems gifted by John Moore.11-06-1787View
James CurrieGraham MooreCurrie writes of having obtained two manuscript poems by Robert Burns.01-02-1789View
Graham MooreJames CurrieGraham Moore discusses Burns's poetic subject matter, with emphasis upon his ability with 'nature'.21-02-1789View
John SymeJames CurrieJohn Syme writes describing how Currie's edition will provide income for Burns's family. He describes the preparation of the manuscript, discusses Burns's works and gives sketches of the poet's life and character.16-08-1796View
James CurrieJohn SymeCurrie writes of Dugald Stewart’s refusal to undertake the edition of Burns.01-09-1796View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop praises Currie’s proposed venture of a new edition.30-01-1797View
James CurrieGraham MooreCurrie writes of Burns’s ‘genius’ and of his ‘afflictions’.02-02-1797View
William RoscoeJames CurrieRoscoe writes of Burns's famous biographical letter to John Moore; as well as political and literary matters.19-02-1797View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop discusses Burns’s correspondence with her, including the significance of Burns use of ‘Z’ in his song collecting/writing.03-06-1797View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop informs Currie that she has sent him family letters by Robert Burns.02-12-1797View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie proposes a finely printed edition of Burns including a biography drawing extensively on the poet’s acquaintances.07-12-1797View
Thomas BeddoesJames CurrieBeddoes writes about a Bristol bookseller attempting to add to the subscription for the proposed edition of Burns.07-12-1797View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieCadell & Davies discuss format and pricing of Currie’s edition.13-12-1797View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieCadell and Davies discuss distribution arrangements for Currie’s edition.13-01-1798View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses proposed expense and subscription arrangements for the edition.29-01-1798View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop tells Currie that she has been ill.30-01-1798View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieCadell & Davies propose to Currie a financial arrangement for his edition.06-02-1798View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses the progress of the subscription list and possible terms of copyright for his edition.08-02-1798View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write about advertising the edition, the issue of subscription and their payments to him.21-02-1798View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses the contents of his edition and its potential retail price.14-05-1798View
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDugald Stewart gives a description of his relationship with Burns, and discusses the poet's politics.21-05-1798View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers discuss the physical makeup of the edition and the suggested advantage to Burns’s family.31-05-1798View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesJames Currie discusses the possible arrangements for deling with the manuscripts as well as the printing of the edition.01-06-1798View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieCaddell & Davies explain to Currie their preference for how Copyright is to be bought in books rather than in money. 13-07-1798View
William ThomsonJames CurrieWilliam Thomson writes with the Minutes of the meeting of Burns's Trustees discussing Currie's edition.27-08-1798View
George ThomsonJames CurrieGeorge Thomson encloses a copy of 'The Lass of Ballochmyle' and a transcription of Burns's accompanying letter to Wilhelmina Alexander.14-09-1798View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publisher writes to Currie pleased that their terms for proceeding with publication are acceptable to the Trustees of Burns’s estate.19-09-1798View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop writes about a subscriber for Currie’s edition and about Burns’s sons.05-11-1798View
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDugald Stewart gives a sketch of his own professional life, and describes his friendship with Burns.17-11-1798View
Robert CouperJames CurrieCouper regrets Burns’s career in the Excise and recalls Burns at Gordon Castle.23-11-1798View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes about Beugo’s engraved portrait of Burns.27-01-1799View
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDugald Stewart praises Burns's genius and describes his own editorial projects, providing notes for Currie.22-05-1799View
A RJames Currie‘AR’ writes to suggest that Currie’s edition should be hurried along.01-06-1799View
John Ramsay of OchtertyreJames CurrieJohn Ramsay of Ochtertyre responds to Currie's requests to publish his correspondence with Burns. He describes Burns's genius.14-07-1799View
George ThomsonJames CurrieGeorge Thomson discusses Burns's letters to his friends Nicol and Ainslie, and describes his attempts to procure them.26-07-1799View
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDuglad Stewart refers to a former letter to Currie describing Burns, and outlines his university work.12-08-1799View
George ThomsonJames CurrieGeorge Thomson writes with an account of Burns's friend, Ainslie. He discusses Clarinda, 'Holy Willie's Prayer' and describes songs.08-09-1799View
George ThomsonJames CurrieGeorge Thomson encloses a copy of 'Highland Airs'. He discusses Burns's works with special emphasis on his songs.12-09-1799View
Lady Elizabeth CunninghamJames CurrieElizabeth Cunningham desires that none of her family correspondence with Burns find its way into Currie’s proposed edition.13-09-1799View
Lord BuchanJames CurrieBuchan writes of Burns’s greatness and his limitations.14-09-1799View
Lady Elizabeth CunninghamJames CurrieElizabeth Cunningham entreats Currie to return to her a letter she had written to Burns. 16-09-1799View
Robert AndersonJames CurrieAnderson writes with details of items he has forwarded to Currie, including songs, poems and correspondence.19-09-1799View
John Ramsay of OchtertyreJames CurrieRamsay ranges widely in Scottish and English literary history.21-09-1799View
Lady Elizabeth CunninghamJames CurrieLady Cunningham thanks Currie for respecting her wishes and invites him to seek information for his edition from her cousin, Jane Carr.26-09-1799View
Robert AndersonJames CurrieAnderson describes Burns's wide education in literature and outlines his favourite writers. He also explores the 'heaven-taught ploughman' theory and questions Burns's naivety.28-09-1799View
Robert AndersonJames CurrieAnderson conveys to Currie his recollections of Burns, especially concerning the poet’s politics.27-10-1799View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop enquires of Currie of the progress of his edition.03-11-1799View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes to the publishers reporting slow progress of the edition. 18-11-1799View
Lady Jane CarrJames CurrieJane Carr, cousin of the Earl of Glencairn, offers Currie her co-operation in his biography of Burns.21-11-1799View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers anticipate an attractively embellished edition of Burns.22-11-1799View
Lady Jane CarrJames CurrieJane Carr provides Currie with a pen portrait of Burns’s friend and patron, the Earl of Glencairn.30-11-1799View
William ThomsonJames CurrieThomson informs Currie that the trustees would like the distribution of the edition managed by ‘principal towns’.16-12-1799View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses the problematic custodianship of Burns’s manuscripts, and is particularly scathing of James Johnson.21-12-1799View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieCadell & Davies assert their ownership of Burns’s writings.18-04-1800View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop expresses delight that Currie’s edition will benefit Burns’s family.20-04-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers discuss sales and distribution arrangements for the edition.26-04-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie sends his first edition to his publishers after receiving print-copy from the printer.03-05-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie requests copies of the ‘head of Burns’.14-05-1800View
James CurrieMiss McKenzieCurrie informs Miss McKenzie that his edition of Burns is completed.18-05-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers talk about specially bound presentation copies of the edition.21-05-1800View
John Beugo Cadell & DaviesBeugo informs the publisher that he has sent the frontispiece illustration for the edition.31-05-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses ‘disposal’ of copies of the edition.02-06-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses distribution numbers to particular towns for his edition.12-06-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers discuss the final physical composition of the first batch of the edition.13-06-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers discuss sending out copies to particular individuals.14-06-1800View
Joseph E. PerochonJames CurrieJoseph Perochon critiques Currie's edition, discussing the editor's take on the Scottish peasantry, marriage and25-06-1800View
Thomas TelfordJames CurrieThomas Telford writes with a transcription of a letter by A. Alison, and describes his inability to obtain a copy of Currie's edition.26-06-1800View
Robert AndersonJames CurrieAnderson sends notice of a parcel of books in the post for Currie. He tells that he is to edit Drummond of Hawthornden's works and discusses Grainger.28-06-1800View
George PhilipsJames CurrieGeorge Philips writes in praise of Currie's edition, encomiating his account of the Scottish peasantry and Currie's writing style.05-07-1800View
Alexander Fraser TytlerJames CurrieTytler writes in praise of Currie's edition and discusses the suppression of Burns's poetry. He discusses the work of Allan Ramsay.08-07-1800View
Lady Elizabeth CunninghamJames CurrieElizabeth Cunningham praises Currie’s depiction of Burns and talks of the poet’s ‘hard fate’.20-07-1800View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop reports on Brash and Reid’s generous offer to handle Currie’s edition.07-08-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie remarks that the edition is selling quickly.08-08-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write to Currie that the edition is nearing being sold out.11-08-1800View
James MackintoshJames CurrieJames Mackintosh writes to praise Currie's edition and discusses various bibliophilic matters.15-08-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieWilliam Davies writes to Currie about the speedy sales of his edition.05-09-1800View
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDugald Stewart introduces Currie to Messrs Ward and Webb, and thanks the editor for the present of 'your late publication'.06-09-1800View
John Ramsay of OchtertyreJames CurrieJohn Ramsay of Ochtertyre discusses something of Scottish education and religion a propos Burns.15-09-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie send corrections and suggests a 150 guinea payment for a translation by a friend for a German text.19-09-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers thanks Currie for corrections and discuss a German translation by a friend of Currie’s.19-09-1800View
Archibald LawrieJames CurrieArchibald Lawrie gives Currie a description of Burns at Edinburgh, describing his entertainment and the lectures attended by the poet.27-09-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes about the involvement of Gilbert Burns in a second edition, distributing some copies and reviews of the first edition. 16-11-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write to Currie re the compilation of the second edition.20-12-1800View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers request any notes of errata for the part of the second edition he has been proof-reading; they are clearly keen to put the new edition on the market.27-12-1800View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes to say he has received proofs for the second edition and about the expense of sending Burns manuscripts back to their owners. 27-12-1800View
Sir Walter ScottJames CurrieWalter Scott discusses the Scottish Ballads. He describes Burns's successes, and attributes authorship to 'The Song of Evan Banks'.08-01-1801View
Robert AndersonJames CurrieAnderson praises Currie’s edition, commending particularly the accuracy of the treatment of the kirk and sex.13-01-1801View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers inform Currie they have published the second edition of Burns.17-01-1801View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie opines that the 2nd edition is not so good in physical quality as the 1st.24-01-1801View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write that the 2nd edition is selling out.19-05-1801View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie discusses progress of corrections for the new edition.04-06-1801View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes about the publishers’ silence.26-08-1801View
George ThomsonJames CurrieGeorge Thomson gives remarks on Currie's edition; discusses his song collection.01-09-1801View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write to Currie about progress on revisions to his edition.12-09-1801View
James CurrieWilliam DaviesCurrie discusses inserting new material in the new edition. 24-09-1801View
William DaviesJames CurrieDavies writes to Currie of Hector MacNeil (introduced to one another by Currie) and of Davies’s sending a ‘present’ to Gilbert Burns.09-10-1801View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieCadell & Davies complain to Currie about news that others are intending to print their own editions of Burns.09-10-1801View
Rev. William WarringtonJames CurrieWilliam Warrington writes in praise of Currie's edition, with particular emphasis on his account of the Scots peasantry. He discusses Burns's education and letters.26-10-1801View
James CurrieWilliam DaviesCurrie writes approving a cheap edition of Burns, discussing the third edition and noting Stewart & Meikle’s publishing of work he has omitted, especially ‘Holy Willie’s Prayer’.19-11-1801View
James CurrieGraham MooreCurrie remembers Burns’s friend, Graham Moore’s father, Dr John Moore.01-03-1802View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write about Thomas Stewart’s edition of ‘Clarinda’s’ Letters to Burns, and about incorporation of some of this correspondence in a new edition of Currie.11-05-1802View
George ThomsonJames CurrieGeorge Thomson sends Miss Currie his new edition of songs, and introduces new songwriters.10-06-1802View
Henry MackenzieJames CurrieHenry Mackenzie writes to correct Currie's inaccurate attribution of a poem to Burns, explaining it is actually a work by himself.22-10-1802View
Dugald StewartJames CurrieDugald Stewart describes his business and asks about Currie's health. He describes his biography of Dr. Reid.08-11-1802View
James AndersonJames CurrieAnderson discusses Burns in the context of his farming community and says that Currie’s second edition is ‘considerably improved’.29-11-1802View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write about progress of a new edition.22-01-1803View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie talks about expanding his life of Burns and complains of other publishers printing material he has suppressed. 16-03-1803View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes to enquire if the fourth edition of Burns is nearing completion by the press.15-05-1803View
John MurdochJames CurrieMurdoch writes about recent Burns family affairs.29-07-1803View
Mrs Frances DunlopJames CurrieMrs Dunlop writes of the death of her Godson, Burns’s son.20-08-1803View
Dr WorthingtonJames CurrieWorthington writes in praise of Currie’s edition of Burns.11-02-1804View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie heavily criticises Alexander Chalmers’ sketch of the life of Burns which Cadell and Davies are proposing to use in a new edition.12-02-1804View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie disparages Alexander Chalmers’s life of Burns.12-02-1804View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write regarding Currie’s objection to Alexander Chalmers biographical sketch of Burns which they intend to insert in a new edition.20-02-1804View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write about Chalmers’ revision of his sketch of Burns’s life in the light of Currie’s criticisms.25-05-1804View
Cadell & DaviesJames Curriethe publishers write to Currie re Chalmers’ sketch of the poet’s life which Currie had criticised and of the subscribers commissioning John Flaxman to design a ‘monument’ for Burns. 15-06-1804View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie talks about a possible new edition and notes that Cadell & Davies have been doing legal battle with the Glasgow publisher, Thomas Stewart. 06-07-1804View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write about their court case against Thomas Stewart and about portraits and the commemoration for Burns’s grave.26-07-1804View
Henry MackenzieJames CurrieHenry Mackenzie mentions unpublished letters by Burns in the hands of George Thomson28-08-1804View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie enquires about the sales of the ‘last’ edition of Burns.05-12-1804View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie writes that he has no time at the moment to pursue yet another new edition of Burns.13-12-1804View
James Currie Cadell & DaviesCurrie complains about the third and fourth editions of Burns being inaccurately done.17-01-1805View
Cadell & DaviesJames CurrieThe publishers write of their determination that the next edition of Burns should be a particularly elegant one and seek Currie’s opinion on an anthology of Scottish poetry, something that he was not to produce.12-03-1805View
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