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THE

PROSE WORKS

OF

ROBERT BURNS,

NOW FIRST COLLECTED.

Containing his

LETTERS AND CORRESPONDENCE,

LITERARY AND CRITICAL;

Extracts from his Journal and Common-Place Book ;

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE :
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. MARSHALL,

IN THE OLD FLESH-MARKET,

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No.

LETTERS.

Page.

1 To a Female Friend, 1780. ... ... ..... i

2 & 3 To the same ... ...

4. To the same.-On her Rejection of his Suit ... S

5 To his Father, when the Author was a Flax-dresser 10

6. To Mr. John Murdoch, the Author's foriner Teacher,

giving an Account of his present Studies and

Temper of Mind, Jan. 15, 1783. ... ... 12

7 Extracts from Manuscripts.- Observations on various

Subjects ...

15

8 To Mr. Aiken.-Written under Distress of Mind 25

9 To Mrs. Dunlop. Thanks for her Notice-Praise of

her Ancestor, Sir William Wallace ...' ... 29

10 To Mrs. Stewart, inclosing a Poem on Miss A-

11 Dr. Blacklock to the Rev. G. Laurie. Encouraging

the Bard to visit Edinburgh, and print a new

Edition of his Poems ...

12 From Sir John Whitefoord

13 From

, Dec. 22, 1786.-Advice to

the Bard, how to conduct himself in Edinburgh 36

14 To Mr. Chalmers.- Praise of Miss Burnet, of Monboddo 37

15 To the Earl of Eglinton. Thanks for his Patronage 39.

16 To Mrs. Dunlop, Jan. 15, 1787.-Account of his

Situation in Edinburgh ... .. ...

17 To Dr. Moore.-Grateful Acknowledgments of his

Notice of Burns, in Letters to Mrs. Dunlop ... 43

18 From Dr. Moore.--In Answer to the foregoing, and

inclosing a Sonnet on the Bard, by Miss Williams 44

19 To Dr. Moore, Feb. 15, 1787.-In Reply

20 From Dr. Moore, Feb. 28, 1787.Sends the Bard a

Present of his “ View of Society & Manners,” &c.

21 To the Earl of Glencairn, 1787.-Grateful Acknow-

ledgment of Kindness

92 To the Earl of Buchan.--Reply to a Letter of Advice

23 Extract, concerning the Monument erected for Fer-

guson by our Poet ...

24 To — , accompanying the foregoing ...

25 Extract, from

Good Advice ... ...

26 To Mrs. Dunlop, March 22, 1787.- Respecting his

Prospects on leaving Edinburgh ... ...

27 To the same, April 15, 1787.- On the same Subject

28 To Dr. Moore, April 23, 1787.- On the same Şubject

29 Extract, to Mrs. Dunlop.-Reply to Criticisms ... 61

20 Extracts from the Author's MS. Book, recording

whatever seemed to him worthy of Observation 65

72

No.

Page

31 To the Rev. Dr. Hugh Blair, May 3, 1787.-Written

on leaving Edinburgh, Thanks for his Kindness

32 From Dr. Blair, May 4.-In Reply to the preceding

33 From Dr. Moore.--Criticism and good Advice ... 76

34 From Mr. John Hutchinson, June 14.-Account of

the Reception of our Bard's Poems in Jamaica

35 To Mr Ainslie.-.Description of his Tour in the

Highlands ... ... ... ... ...

36 To Dr. Moore, Aug. 2, 1787.-Giving a detailed

Account of the Author's Life

37 To Mr. Walker.-Inclosing the humble Petition of

Bruar Water to the Duke of Athole ...

88 To Mr. Gilbert Burns, Sept. 17.-Account of his

Tour through the Highlands ... ... 103

39 From Mr. W

In Reply to No. 37. ... 105

40 From Mr. John Murdoch, in London, Oct. 28, 1787.

-In Answer to No. 6. ... ...

41 From Mrs. -

Nov. 30.-Inclosing Erse

Songs, with the Music ... ... ... 111

42 To - Dalrymple, Esq.-Congratulation on his

becoming a Poet-Praise of Lord Glencairn 113

43 To Mrs. Dunlop.--Written on Recovery from Sickness 115

44 To the same, Feb. 12.-Defence of himself ... 116

45 To a Lady.--Who had heard that he had ridiculed her 117

46 To Mr. Cleghorn.- Mentioning his having composed

the first Stanza of the Chevalier's Lament ... 118

47 To Mrs. Dunlop.-Giving an Account of his Prospects 119

48 To Professor Dugald Stewart,-May 3, 1788.–Thanks

for his Friendship ... ... ... ... 121

49 To Mrs. Dunlop, May 4.- Remarks on Dryden's Vir-

gil, and Pope's Odyssey ... ... ... 122

50 To the same, May 27.-General Reflections ... 123

51 To the same, at Mr. Dunlop's, Haddington, June 13.

-Account of his Marriage ... ... ... 125

52 To Mr. P. Hill.-With a Present of Cheese ...

53 To Mrs. Dunlop.-- With Lines on a Hermitage ... 130

54 To the same.-Farther Account of his Marriage 133

55 To the same, Aug. 16.-Reflections on Human Life 135

56 To R. Graham, of Fintry, Esq.-A Petition for a

Situation in the Excise ... ... ... 139

57 To Mr. P. Hill, Oct. 1.-Criticism on a Poem, in-

titled, “ An Address to Lochlomond" ... 140

58 To Mrs. Dunlop, at Moreham Maines, Nov. 13. 144

59 To

Nov. 8.-Defence of the Family of the

Stuarts-Baseness of insulting fallen Greatness 146

60 To Mrs. Dunlop, Dec. 17.-With the Soldier's Song

-Go fetch to me a Pint o' Wine” ... 150

61 To a young Lady, who had heard he had been making

a Ballad on her, inclosing that Ballad

62 To Sir John Whitefoord.—Thanks for Friendship-

Reflections on the Poetical Character ... 154)

No.

63 From Gilbert Burns, Jan 1, 1789.-Reflections sug-

gested by the Day ... ... ... ... 157

64 To Mrs. Dunlop.-Reflections on New Year's Day 158

65 To Dr. Moore. --Account of his Situation and Prospects 160

66 To Bishop Geddes, Feb. 3. The same Subject 164

67 To Mrs. Dunlop, March 4.-Reflections after a visit

to Edinburgh ... ... ... ... ... 166

68 To the Rev. P. Carfrae.—Advice respecting the Pub-

lication of Mr. Milne's Poems

... 169

69 To Dr. Moore, March 23.-Inclosing a Poem ... 171

70 To Mr. Hill, April 2.-Apostrophe to Frugality 173

71 To Mrs. Dunlop, April 4.-With Lines to the Right

Hon. C. J. Fox ...

::.. ... ... 176

72 To Mr. Cunningham, May 4.-With the first Draught

of the Poem on a wounded Hare ...

73 To Mr. M'Auley, of Dumbarton, June 4.-Account

of his Situation ... ... ... ... 179

75 To Mrs. Dunlop, June 21.-Reflections on Religion 181

76 From Dr. Moore, June 10.-Good Advice ... 183

77 From Mr. -

Some Account of Ferguson 185

78 To Mr.

In Answer ... ... ... 187

79 To Mrs. Dunlop, Sept. 6.-Praise of Zeluco'... 189

80 To R. Graham, Esq.-Inclosing some Electioneering

Ballads, &c. ... ... ... ... ... 191

81 To Mrs. Dunlop.-Serious and interesting Reflections 194

82 To Sir John Sinclair.-Account of a Book Society

among the Farmers of Nithsdale ... ... 198

82 To Mr. Gilbert Burns, Jan, 11, 1790.-With a Pro-

logue spoken on the Dumfries Theatre ... 201

83 To Mrs. Dunlop, Jan. 25.—Some Account of Fal.

conar, Author of the Shipwreck ... ... 202

84 From Mr. Cunningham.—Enquiries after our Bard 205

85 To Mr. Cunningham, Feb. 13.-In Reply to the above 206

86 To Mr. Hill, March 2,-Orders for Books ... 210

87 To Mrs. Dunlop, April 10.-Remarks on the Louna

ger, and on Mr. Mackenzie's Writings ... 213

88 To Dr. Moore. Thanks for a Present of Zeluco 217

89 To Mrs. Dunlop, Aug. 8. -Written under a Feeling

of wounded Pride ...

219

90 To Mr. Cunningham, Aug. 8.- Aspirations after

Independence

220

91 To Mrs. Dunlop, Nov.-Congratulations on the Birth

of her Grandson ... ... ... ... 221

92 To Mr Cunningham, Jan 23, 1791.-With an Elegy

on Miss Burnet, of Monboddo

... 223

93 To Mr. Peter Hill, Jan. 17.-Indignant Apostrophe
to Poverty ... .

...

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224

94 To A. F. Tytler, Esq.-Criticism on “Tam oʻShanter” 226

95 To Mrs. Dunlop, Feb. 7.-Inclosing his Elegy on

Miss Burnet ...

" . ... 228

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