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 : 13-12-1804
Correspondent : James CurrieCorrespondent Location : Liverpool
Recipient : Cadell & Davies Recipient Location : London
Subject : Currie writes that he has no time at the moment to pursue yet another new edition of Burns.
Dear Sirs I have yr. favour of the 10th & beg you to accept my thanks for the promptitude & zeal with which you have on this as on all other occasions complied with my requests. I have not yet got the copy of the Reports you have sent me, but have no doubt of receiving it in due course. I will prepare that copy as quickly as I can for your fourth edition that you may set the press to work with as little as possible delay; and for any thing I see the first volume may be in your hands by the end of the month. The second will require a little longer time, because it will contain some impor=tant additions. There will be several mili=tary narratives which are promised me but not come to home — & I expect important information in regard to the success of the remedy in the fever of Gibraltar in which it has at length been tried. These additions will I apprehend bring <> the second volume to nearly the same size as the first — To facilitate the obtaining of this information I must beg of you to send a copy of my Book in my name to Mr Knight Surgeon General of the forces, from whom I expect the desired information — and this you must set down, if you please, to the charge of the 4th Edition. Mr Nagle Surgeon of the Ship Ganges whose narra=tive makes so valuable a part of the 2d. volume has I apprehend at length applied for the Copy wh. I wished him to receive, thro’ Mr Mottley of Portsmouth. I hope he has got it– I wish you also to deliver or to send to Mr Mottley the Copy <> ^for Mr McGrath Surgeon of the Victory, Lord Nelsons Ship, in the Mediterranean – let it be directed to Mr Nagle under cover to Mr Mottley, writing in the first pages, “From the Author to Mr McGrath with every senti=ment of respect & regard”. Mr Nagle has engaged to forward it to Mr McGrath ¬— If you have delivered the Copy for Mr — Dalrymple Surgeon at Norwich all the copies intended for Correspondents will be delivered. Should you not have delivered it, will you have the goodness to send it in the first package to your correspondent there, marking on the first pages <> ^the words directed <> ^in the case of Mr McGrath — I presume the two Copies have been sent to Dr Bacta & Dr Gomez of Lisbon as directed — By this sort of attention to former Correspondents the improvement of your future editions will be secured, to which nothing on my part shall be wanting — As far as my personal convenience is concerned I am pleased that a new Edition of Burns is still at a dis=tance I am Dear Sirs Yr. faithful Sert JaCurrie —

Notes :

Reports: Reports on the Effects of water in Febrile Disease (1797).

fever of Gibraltar: there was an epidemic of Yellow Fever in Gibraltar in 1804, of particular concern to the Royal Navy with its important station on the island.

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