Letter from Robert Burns, 1786
his 'dear friend'.
For the first time in more than 100 years, a letter written by Robert Burns will be on public display in a special viewing at the National Library of Scotland.
Written a month after Burns published the Kilmarnock edition of 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect' in 1786, the letter was addressed to one of his oldest correspondents, William Niven.
As Burns still entertained thoughts of emigrating to Jamaica at this time, the letter was written to say goodbye to an old friend.
The letter is a recent addition to our collection of material by and about Robert Burns.
Thursday 25 January
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