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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 pub

lication, entitled, The Scots Musical Museum,"

(See p. 269) and such other of his poems, not before published, as seemed not unworthy of seeing

the light.

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Correspondence between Mr. Thomson and Mr. Burns.

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Desiring the Bard to furnish verses for some

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,
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 observations,


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VIII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with an additional stanza to The Lea Rig.

23 No.


IX. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with "Auld Rob Morris"
and Duncan Gray,

X. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with O Poortitb cauld
&c.and Galla Water,


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XI. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Jan. 1793. Desiring

anecdotes on the origin of particular songs.
Tytler of Woodhouselee~Pleyel-sends P.
Pindar's « Lord Gregory.”Postscript
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 Wandering Willie,


XV. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with Open the door to


me, Oh !

XVI. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with " Jessie,


XVII. Mr. T. to Mr. B. with a list of songs, and Wandering Williealtered,

47 XVIII. Mr. B. to Mr T. " When wild war's dead

ly blast was blawn,and Meg o' the


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.




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. 6 Farewell thou stream

that winding flows."-Wishes that the national music may preserve its native features,

66 XXIII. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Thanks and observations, 68 XXIV. Mr. B to Mr. T. with Blythe bae I been on yon bill,"

70 XXV. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with O Logan,

sweetly didst thou glide.Ogin my love were yon red rose," &c.

73 XXVI. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Enclosing a noteThanks,


XXVII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with 6 There was a lass and she was fair,”


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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 witb « Had I a cave" &c.-Some airs common

to Scotland and Ireland,

92 No.

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