MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, dated Mauchline, 3 March 1788

Date:
1788 
Location:
Mauchline 
Creator:
Robert Burns, Author 
Object Number:
3.6052

Summary

In this letter, Burns continues his correspondence with Patrick Miller regarding the lease of Ellisland Farm.

Burns has visited and viewed Ellisland farm with his friend John Tennant. Having been advised by Tennant, Burns encloses Tennant's 'ideas on the subject' describing them as 'extremely just.' Burns states that the start of a lease at whitsun 'will not do at Ellisland' because 'the farm is so worn out' and cannot be properly worked in the current season.

Burns goes on to describe anticipated problems due to the poor state of the farm and addresses the financial issues, proposing a rent of £50 per annum for the first three years which he anticipates is probably less than Miller expects. Burns closes his letter by indication his intention to be in Edinburgh the following week.

The letter also contains a near complete wax seal used by Robert Burns.

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