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: