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 : 11-08-1800
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers write to Currie that the edition is nearing being sold out.

Dear Sir,
      We are happy in being favoured with your Letter, as it reaches us on the Eve of our leaving London for two or three weeks,-
      The Edition of Burns may be considered as gone – The few Copies that remain are not equal to a Month’s Demand – so that, the Instant you can conveniently favour us with the Means, we will set two or three of our printers to work, and have the Book in the Market again with all possible Dispatch —
      We esteem ourselves much obliged by what you say respecting Ramsay – We had frequent Intentions of consulting you respecting the Edition, but were fearful of breaking in upon your Time already so much occupied – If we reprint the Work, we will not fail to apprise you of it ^ in due time and shall be grateful for any Suggestions with which you may favour us —
      Mr Laing’s History is not yet much known here, but in Scotland the Sale has been very extensive —
      We are glad to find that you approve our Idea of a Translation of Gesner, and that your fair Friend is willing to undertake it. If Miss D’Aguilar will do us the Favour to mention the Remuneration that will be acceptable to her, we have little Doubt of our immediately acceding thereto — The Form and Manner of the Edition which you mention is precisely what we had thought of —
      We are ever, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful Servts

Notes :

Ramsay: The Poems of Allan Ramsay. A New Edition, Corrected and Enlarged; With a Glossary. To Which are Prefixed, A Life Of The Author, From Authentic Documents; And Remarks On His Poems, From a Large View of Their Merits. In two Volumes. London: Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, For T. Cadell Jun. And W. Davies, Strand. 1800. The Dissertation was by Fraser Tytler.

Laing’s History: Malcolm Laing (1762-1818) published his History of Scotland in 1800.

Gesner: Salomon Gesner (1730-1788), a much translated German poet in the second part of the eighteenth century.

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

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