MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated Brow-Sea-bathing quarters, 7 July 1796

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated Brow-Sea-bathing quarters, 7 July 1796

salary is reduced to 35£ instead of 50£ - What way, in the
name of thrift, shall I maintain myself & keep a horse
in Country-quarters - with a wife & five children at home,
on 35£? I mention this, because I had intended to beg
your utmost interest & all friends you can muster to
move out Commiss.rs of Excise to grant me the full
salary. - I dare say you know them all personally
If they do not grant ^it me, I must lay my account with
an exit truly en poete, if I die not of disease I must
perish with hunger. -

I have sent you one of the songs: the other my memory
does not serve me with, & I have no copy here; but I shall
be at home son when I will sent it you.- a propos to being
at home, M.rs Burns threatens in a week or two, to add one
more to my Paternal charge, which, if of the right
gender, I intend shall be introduced to the world by
respectable designation of Alex.r Cunningham Burns
My last was James Glencairn, so you can have no
objection to the company of Nobility - Farewell,
RB

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