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 : 12-09-1801
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers write to Currie about progress on revisions to his edition.
Dear Sir We are just favoured with a Letter from Mr Smythe, informing us that you are desirous of re-introducing in the 3d. Ed. of Burns, some Letters that had been inserted in the first Edition, but omitted in the 2d. How far this is now practicable you will be best able to judge when we acquaint you with the Progress made by the Printer Of the 2d Volume he has done as far as Page 176, and of the 3d as far as Page 112. Neither the 1st nor 4th Volumes are yet begun upon If it is not yet too late to insert them, we will take Care than any Instruc=tions with which you may favour us, shall be properly attended to Mr Cadell & myself are anxious to know whether or not the Letter he had the Pleasure of writing to you in my Absence, satisfactorily answered the several Points of your last Favour It occasionally happens that, in the Pressure of Business, we do suffer a Letter to remain unanswered longer than we ought, but we trust that this is seldom <> ^ attributed to a Want of Attention or Respect [? To] you, dear Sir, it is impossible that we can ever be deficient in either The literary Undertaking which you mentioned in a former Letter we communicated to a confidential literary Friend, who instantly ex=pressed himself satisfied that such a Work from your Pen would be highly interesting He suggested one Remark which we submit to your Consideration Whether, as there are already so many Works under a similar Title, it might not be advisable (if perfectly practicable) [ms continues on opposite left hand leaf] to give to your Work a Title somewhat different Whenever you have Leisure to resume and compleat it, we shall be most ready to meet your Views respecting it, to the utmost of our Power In the Course of my late Absence, I had Hopes of paying my personal Respects to our much-valued Friends at Liverpool, but a more sudden Recall than I expected, put it out of my Power

Notes :

Mr Smythe: ?Professor William Smyth (1765-1849), Professor of History at Cambridge University and an admirer of Currie.

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