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ROBERT BURNS WRITES TO HIS YOUNGEST BROTHER WILLIAM SHORTLY BEFORE WILLIAM’S DEATH

 

ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796).  Burns, the most famous Scottish poet, wrote “Auld Lang Syne” and “Tam O’Shanter.”


ALS. 1pg. 8” x 8 ¼”. May 16, 1790. Ellisland.  A rare autograph letter signed Robt Burns addressed “My dear William”, his youngest brother.  The poet, at his farm, wrote: “I have leisure only for a very short letter, but it will cost you nothing, as I write by a friend going to London.  I have not been able to find Mr. Murdoch’s address as I have mislaid or lost his letter, but I have found means to write him & to send him your direction, & have desired him to send you a card intimating when & where to call for him.  I heard lately from the West & all friends are well.  I wish much for hear from you.  I am ever yours Robt. Burns.  William went to London and worked as a saddler; he died on July 24, 1790 in his early twenties.  John Murdoch was the family tutor of their youth and was supposed to look after William in the big city.  The letter is in good to fair condition with folds and stains.  It was professionally repaired, including the removal of a backing.