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 : 05-12-1804
Correspondent : James CurrieCorrespondent Location : Liverpool
Recipient : Cadell & Davies Recipient Location : London
Subject : Currie enquires about the sales of the ‘last’ edition of Burns.
Messrs. Cadell & Davies Ludlow 5 Dec. 1804 Dear Sirs I am here, so far on my way to Bath, where I purpose to reside a few weeks, having been obliged on account ^of my health to make a temporary absence from Liverpool.— As I am journeying for health, I travel slowly, and have been applied to both at Chester and at Shrewsbury to know where or how Copies might be procured of the last Edition of the Medical Reports, so that I think you had better advertise them once more. I have also been obliged to part with the only ^copy I had to a friend here — As I think it pro=bable I shall want the book at Bath, will you have the goodness to forward me a copy there to the care of your correspondent whoever he may be, as at this moment I cannot give you my address not knowing where I may fix myself – and have the goodness to drop me a line by post informing me to whom it is sent. Should you know that there ^are any Copies to be had at Bath, you need not trouble yourselves with this Commission — Should you have reason to think there are none, I wish you would send a few down to yr. Correspondent, that I may be able to direct persons who may apply to me where to get the work – such appli=cations are made to me often – and even at Liverpool I never could get any one Bookseller to keep a regular supply, otherwise I believe in my conscience nearly one half of the Edition might have been sold there. Pray say how the edition goes off, and whether you are likely soon to require a new Edition of the second volume, as I have several Corrections & additions to make — Say also if you please how you proceed in the sale of the last Edition of Burns — You need not write to me before Monday, as it will be the evening of that day before I get to Bath. I am, Dear Sirs, Yr. faithful Servt. JaCurrie

Notes :

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

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