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 : N/A
Correspondent : William RoscoeCorrespondent Location : Unknown
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : Roscoe recommends to Currie that he publishes all of the Burns material that he has shown him.

[dated in pencil: Feby 1797]

My dear Friend

I have read the papers with infinite amusement tho’ with infinite regret — Inclosed is what occurred to me as to the publication
      I have not attempted to make any Selectn. as there is scarcely any thing of his own which upon the plan suggested will not be useful. On my return I yet hope for a furth. opportunity of looking into them, & shall always be happy to render any service in my power
      I wish to return them when you are in the way to receive them; & if you will please to mention any hour today or tomw. I will take care they shall be punctually with you & am most truly yours


      Tuesday evening

Notes :

William Roscoe: (1753-1831), literary scholar, writer, historian, botanist and politician. A prominent member of the Unitarian community in Liverpool, Roscoe, like Dugald Stewart, was another early candidate for providing the life and edition of Burns prior to its undertaking by Currie.

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