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 : 27-12-1800
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The 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.

Dear Sir
     We sent you, the other Day by Mr Taylor, the Sheets then printed off of the new Edition of Burns, that if you wished it and had Leisure, you might ascertain whether or not any little Note of Errata might be necessary – It was our Intention to have sent you the remaining Sheets as soon as printed, but perhaps this may not be necessary – Do us the Favour to tell us what you wish – The Printer is now at a Stand for the Table of Contents, in which some Blanks remained to be filled up, and which you will much oblige us by sending as soon as possible, for so many unforeseen Obstacles have delayed the Completion of the Edition, that we are now extremely anxious to publish &-
     Tell us, at same Time, what Copies, on large Paper or small, will be acceptable to you, and how we shall send them –
     We are ever, dear Sir, with sincere Respect and Regard,

Your faithful and obedient Servants

Cadell & Davies
Decr 27,1800 –

Excuse our troubling you to forward the annexed Leaf to Mrs Lawrence – we do not know her exact Address –

Notes :

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

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