MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Mrs Dunlop of Dunlop, dated Edinburgh, 15 April 1787

Date:
1787 
Location:
Edinburgh 
Creator:
Robert Burns, Author 
Object Number:
3.6350

Summary

Following the death of her elderly husband in 1785, Mrs Francis Anna Wallace Dunlop (1730 - 1815) was suffering from depression when a friend gave her a copy of Burns's poems. She was so impressed that she was inspired to write to the poet and offer her services as a sounding board for his work. The friendship between the two continued until the poet's death, despite the fact she was 29 years his senior.

In this letter, Burns thanks Mrs Dunlop for her interest in his poetry. Robert used grand and expressive language, often making references to literature – here he quotes from Shakespeare’s Othello.

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