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 : 18-04-1800
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : Cadell & Davies assert their ownership of Burns’s writings.

London, April 18, 1800

Dear Sir
      Though we trust you will think such an Assurance on our Part unnecessary, yet, as the Friends of the late Mr. Robert Burns, with a laudable Respect and Attention to his Memory, have expressed their Wishes to that Effect, we beg Leave to assure you that notwithstanding the whole of his Writings are assigned to us by the Indenture of the 25th of February last, we will not in any future Edition add any of his Works to those already selected by you for Publication, except such as we think will do Credit to his Character, and which you or such other Friend of the Family as may be appointed by them to decide in that Behalf, may approve – At the same Time it is, we presume, fully understood that any of the Works that may at present be withheld are not to be suffered to come before the Public through any other Channel, but are as effectively our Property as those included in the Edition now printing, although it may not, at present, be thought proper to publish them with his other Works –
           We are, dear Sir –
                your very obedient Servants
                     Cadell & Davies ~

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