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 : 21-05-1800
Correspondent : Cadell & DaviesCorrespondent Location : London
Recipient : James Currie Recipient Location : Liverpool
Subject : The publishers talk about specially bound presentation copies of the edition.
Dear Sir
      The Instant we were favoured with your last Letter, we sent off 1000 Impressions of the Head of Burns to Mr. McCreery with Instructions for the Disposal of that Number of Copies of the Works, but subject to whatever Directions you might give him We therefore take it for granted that he has consulted you thereon
      We have permitted two or three Friends to look over the Set of the Works which you were so obliging as send us and they agree with us in thinking it one of the most pleasing and interesting Publications that has appeared for many Years
      That the Edition will soon be disposed of there cannot be the smallest Doubt and that it will, in all Respects, reflect the highest Credit on its truly benevolent Editor is equally certain - With Regard to the Price we have thought it best, notwithstanding the very considerable Expence of bringing the Work forward, to fix it at 31/6 in Boards contenting ourselves with looking forward to future Editions for our Portion of the Emoluments
      We desired Mr. McCreery to prepare a Copy of the Works, in such Binding as he thought would be most acceptable, and to present it to you in our Names We hope you will do us the Favour to accept this Copy, and as many more as you wish to give to Friends We also desire a Copy handsomely bound might be presented to Mr. Roscoe What a beautiful Poem, from the Pen of our excellent Friend, have you introduced in the Life of the poor Bard
      We shall be happy to hear from you whenever it may be convenient and, in the mean Time, are, dear Sir,
           Your faithful and very obedient Servants

                Cadell & Davies

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