MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Maria Riddell, undated

Robert Burns, Author 
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Maria Riddell (1772 - 1808) was one of Burns's most reliable and intimate female confidants. Maria was married to Walter Riddell, the younger brother of Robert Riddell, Burns's neighbour at Ellisland. The two met in 1792 and soon began a long-lasting friendship that would continue until Burns's death.

This letter was written at the beginning of their friendship. Burns is disappointed that he will not be able to meet with Maria because he is accompanying Stephen Clarke, the Edinburgh organist, to the McMurdo household at Drumlanrig so he can offer music lessons to the children.

Despite his disappointment, Burns finishes the letter in his characteristically charming way.

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