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those of Burns would have been often unintelligible. He has therefore yielded to the earnest request of the trustees of the family of the poet, to suffer them to appear in their natural order ; and independently of the illustration they give to the letters of our bard,
it is not to be doubted that their intrinsic merit will
ensure them a reception from the public, far beyond what Mr. Thomson's modesty would permit him to suppose. The whole of this correspondence was arranged for the press by Mr. Thomson, and has been printed with little addition or variation.
To this are added, the greater number of the songs furnished by our bard for Mr. Johnson's publication, entitled, “The Scots Musical Museum," (See p. 269) and such other of his poems, not before published, as seemed not unworthy of seeing
Correspondence between Mr. Thomson and Mr. Burns.
No. 1. MR. THOMSON TO MR. BURNS. 1792.
Desiring the Bard to furnish verses for some
of the Scottish airs, and to revise former songs, 1 II. MR. B. to Mr.T. Promising assistance, 3 III. Mr. T. to Mr. B. sending some tunes, 5 IV. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ The Lea Rig,” and
“Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary,” , 8 V. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ My wife's a win
some wee thing,” and “O saw ye bonnie
Lesley,” . . . . . . 13 VI, Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ Highland Mary,” 17 VII. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Thanks, and critical ob
servations, . . . . . . 19 VIII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with an additional stanza
to “ The Lea Rig.” . . . . 23
Page. IX. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with "Auld Rob Morris"
and “ Duncan Gray,” . . . 25 X. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with 66 O Poortith cauld
&c.” and “ Galla Water," · · 29 XI. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Jan. 1793. Desiring
anecdotes on the origin of particular songs.
from the Hon. A. Erskine, , : 32 XII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. Has Mr, Tytler's anec
dotes, and means to give his own-sends
bis own “ Lord Gregory,” . . 36 XIII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ Mary Morison,” 41 XIV. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with 6 Wandering
Willie,” . . . . . 43 XV. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ Open the door to me, Ob!” .
. 44 XVI. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ Jessie,” i 46 XVII. Mr. T. to Mr. B. with a list of songs, and
“Wandering Willie” altered, . 47 XVIII. Mr. B. to Mr T. “ When wild war's dead
• ly blast was blawn,” and “ Meg o’the
Mill,” . . . . . 50 XIX. Mr. B. to Mr. T. Voice of Coila-Criticism
-Origin of " The Lass o' Patie's Mill,” 55 XX. Mr. T. to Mr. B. . . . . 61 No.
- Page. XXI. Mr. B. to Mr. T. Simplicity requisite in a
song-One poet should not mangle the
works of another, . .. 62 XXII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. “Farewell thou stream
that winding flows."—Wishes that the
features, . . . . . 66 XXIII. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Thanks and observations, 68 XXIV. Mr. B to Mr. T. with “ Blythe hae I
been on yon bill,” . . . 70 XXV. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ O Logan,
sweetly didst thou glide.” “O gin my
love were yon red rose;" &c. , 73 XXVI. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Enclosing a note
Thanks, · · · · · 77 XXVII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with 56 There was a
‘lass and she was fair,” . 79 XXVIII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. Hurt at the idea of pe
cuniary recompense-Remarks on songs, 82 XXIX. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Musical expression, 85
XXX. Mr. B. to Mr. T. For Mr. Clarke, 86 XXXI. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with “ Phillis the fair,” 87 XXXII. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Mr. Allan–Drawing
from “ John Anderson my jo," : 90 XXXIII, Mr. B. to Mr. T. with 6 Had I a cave"
&c.-Some airs common to Scotland