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 : 22-11-1799
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers anticipate an attractively embellished edition of Burns.

Dear Sir
      We most readily relinquish in Mr Jonesís Favour the Supply of Chambersís Dictionary for the Athenaeum. We have always a Number of Copies of this Work so that our doing this is not in any Way inconvenient to us ó
      The Vignettes will have a very good Effect in the Title Pages of Burnsís Works and we beg that you will not suffer any little Matter of Expence to weigh with you so as to prevent the Edition from being what you wish. We hope to send you, in a Week or two, a Proof of a Portrait we are engraving here ó
      We are highly gratified at finding that the Books already received at the Athenaeum have given so much Satisfaction, and trust that the Gentlemen of the Committee will, when they find any Work not exactly in the State they wish it to be, liberally attribute it to the Difficulty of ex=ecuting such an Order, rather than to any Want of attention or Diligence on our Parts ó
      We are ever, dear Sir, with true Respect and Regard,
           Your faithful and obedient Servants

                C. & D.

Novr 22d 1799 ó

Notes :

Athenaeum:originally, the temple of Athene, then the name of college of higher education founded by the Emperor Hadrian, c.133; revived as name for literary institutions. Liverpool Athenaeum developed from activities of the Liverpool Literary Society; plans were drawn up in 1797, and premises opened in Church St. in 1799. Funded by subscription, it had Currie and Roscoe as founder members. Currie alludes to it in his letter to Cadell & Davies, 27 June 1799.

Mr Jones: John Jones, Liverpool bookbinder.

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