MS: Letter from Robert Burns to James Candlish, dated Edinburgh, 21 March 1787

Date:
1787 
Location:
Edinburgh 
Creator:
Robert Burns, Author 
Object Number:
3.6039

Summary

James Candlish was a school mate of Burns who studied medicine at Glasgow University. He married Jean Smith, the sister of Robert Burns's friend James Smith and one of the 'Mauchline Belles'. About 1788, Candlish settled in Edinburgh as a lecturer in Medicine.

Burns wrote this letter in March 1787 acknowledging receipt of a letter from his friend and explaining why he had taken so long to reply.

Burns explains that it is not 'the intoxication of good fortune' making him indifferent to old friendships, but that he simply can't find the suitable words to make a 'good letter' and he is now writing to ensure his silence is not misinterpreted.

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