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Letter from Robert Burns to David Sillar, 22nd Jan 1790

Introduction:
Dated Ellisland 22nd January, 1790, this is a warm and friendly letter from Burns to his friend and fellow poet, David Sillar. Just as Burns needed an up-front commitment of subscribers to editions of his work before these could go to the press, the poet mentions that he has been successful in obtaining eleven subscribers for Sillar's own book of Poems published in 1789. David Sillar and Burns' friend Dr John McKenzie were instrumental in establishing Irvine Burns Club in 1826 in tribute to their close friend. This letter therefore has special significance to the Club - still active almost two centuries on.
Image Rights Holder:
National Burns Collection
Ref:
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Project:
964:0
What:
Letter
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (author)
David Sillar (1760 - 1830) (friend of Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (author)
When:
22nd January 1790 (date of letter)
Where:
Irvine Burns Club, North Ayrshire
Description:
Burns came to Irvine in 1781 to learn the craft of flax dressing. Today, the town's Burns Club - founded in 1826 and one of the world's oldest - has one of Scotland's most significant Burns treasure troves.