Left: James Currie. Right: a portrait of Burns by Archibald Skirving, published in The Works of Robert Burns, by Blackie and Son, Glasgow, 1854.

Note on the Text

The text of the Currie letters that follows represents, largely, a diplomatic transcription.
That is to say punctuation, grammar, and accidentals, generally, are not regularised or corrected in any way.
In some cases obvious mistakes in meaning (or substantives) are corrected.

The following symbols are used to record information:

? before a word indicates possible meaning which it has been impossible to decipher definitively. ? in place of a word indicates complete indecipherability.

< > is used to indicate deleted material.

[manuscript torn] indicates physical disrepair of the manuscript.

↑ ↓ indicates that a word is added later above the line, or marginally.

Catchwords (words repeated from one page to another as a help to the original receiving correspondent) have been silently removed.