Robert Burns letter

Researchers from the Enlightened Burns project have been thrilled to get verification that the Robert Burns letter in a volume deposited here is genuine.  (We never doubted it for a moment.)  Project Director Helena Anderson-Wright has been quoted in some of the Scottish press recently thanking us for giving access to the original – and acknowledging the assistance of paper expert Peter Bower in  confirming that the letter is the Real Thing.  It is in a volume of letters and autographs compiled by Mrs Frances Crawford Arkwright and is addressed to her mother, the actress Elizabeth Kemble.  It asks her to look after a book “under lock and key”, because “I do not wish to expose such a thing to the random perusal of Chance”.  According to The Daily Record, the book in question was a collection of Burns’ letters to his friend Robert Riddell concerning the anti-slavery movement.

Here’s the article:

And here’s our catalogue description of the volume:



One thought on “Robert Burns letter

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    And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the
    fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this.
    … Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to
    talk about this topic here on your website.

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