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 : 20-12-1800
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers write to Currie re the compilation of the second edition.

Dear Sir
     We avail ourselves of the Opportunity afforded us by Mr Taylor to send you the Sheets of the new Edition of Burns, as far as they are printed off, as you will very probably like to look them over for the Purpose of ascertaining whether or not the Printers have made any Mistakes – In the Table of Contents to the second Volume, there are some Blanks which the Printer is at a Loss how to fill up, and to do this he requests your Instructions, as soon as convenient – We purpose sending you the Remainder of the Sheets as soon as they are printed off, -
     We have been in Expectation of the Pleasure of hearing from you or from Miss D’Aguilar (ci-devant) in Answer to our Letters on the Subject of Gesner –

We are ever, dear Sir,

Your obliged and faithful Servants

Cadell & Davies

Decr 20 – 1800

Notes :

Miss D’Aguilar... Gesner: later Mrs Rose Lawrence (fl 1799-1829), Liverpool friend of Currie’s whose translation of Gesner appeared in 1802.

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