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 : 30-01-1798
Correspondent : Mrs Frances DunlopCorrespondent Location : Dunlop
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : Mrs Dunlop tells Currie that she has been ill.

Dr Sir
      I have been far from well for some time and always hoping to hear from you or t receive the subscription papers you spoke of sending me otherwise I should possibly have wrot you upon a subject which I now take the opportunity of addressing you about when I am less than this with Mr Burnsís packet without encreasing any thing but your patience in reading which self=love forbids me to affirm or too extravagantly or rather your constant kindness forces me to believe hearing from me especially when announcing my recovery will afford you a certain degree of pleasure if not you must forgive an error to which your goodness alone has given rise and to which you must also ascribe a request I am going to trouble you with It is my fate to like and admire real merit oftener in medical men than in all the rest of the world put together you will not then be surprised when I tell you how singularly I am attached to a young man of the name of Adair now at Naresborough and purposing to practise as physician at Harrowgate during the season of the Watters there since added to my native partiality for his proffession he enjoys the additional advantage of the most liberal Education Europe could afford both as a Gentleman a Scholar and a Dr his manners are Gentle attentive winning and polite his heart oppen honest and warm if you have any friends Going to these Yorkshire Wells I think they must feel it an acquisition to be recommended on their arrival to so Valuable and pleasant an acquaintance and who has been habituated with strangers and is ever asiduous to contribute to the ease convenience and happiness of those around him If I exaggerate believe me I do it unintentionally but it may be from affection leading my judgement he [MS torn] my Relation and I have ever found him my friend and that of all I was interested in he has laid my family under very Strong Obligations by a Conduct every heart feels and every understanding must esteem should any occasion offer where you could point him usefully out to any of your numerous Conexions or Valetudinary [?] patients crossing the Country I am sure it could not fail giving you future joy to have served one of the worthiest of Mankind nor can I express were that a motive worth urging how much it would gratify and Oblige me it would also I believe be highly acceptable to your friend Miss Betty McAdam I am sure it would if she knew him but even without that he is now a Relative of herís by his Wife through their mutual Relation to the noble family of Dundonald and I know you will do Betty a pleasure in letting her know that on a more intimate footing taking place her friends at Dunlop are all become very fond of her Cousine Mrs Adair and that their Children are all a parents heart could desire now if you would not think me utterly endless and encroaching I would fain suggest that if you have any influence with your namesake at Chester who had these beautiful Daughters whose charms spread wide [MS torn] their fathers fames and makes his acquaintance doubly courted I wish you would try to infect him with part of my esteem for Dr Adair you see I flatter myself you will certainly catch some share of the contagion yourself which I am so earnest to inoculate. I beg leave to offer best Compts to Mrs Currie and should be truly flattered by holding any place in her Remembrance it is the priviledge however only reserved for figures like her own to live ever imprest on the memory even of those that are not blest wit[h] time to fathom the mind by which they seem inspired I am Dear Sir with all possible respect your aff↑t↓ Cousine and Obedient humble Ser↑t↓ Fran: A: Dunlop Dunlop 3d Decbr 1797

[?] : Dunlop and Keith offer ten thousand Compts but did they know what I write of their would be no end of solicitations for it is impossible to say which of us is most fond of Adair or owes most to his skill or friendship farewell I wish I have not [?] of my Subject

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