Folio 1 recto - Letter, 29 May 1787, of Burns to Robert Ainslie with news of his travel
Selected letters and poems of Robert Burns from the Library of Honresfield House
This selection of 12 letters and poems contains the only surviving letter that Robert Burns wrote to his father William. Further letters include two sent to Mrs Frances Dunlop, one where Burns provides more detail on a recent edition of his poems. Several lines of the song “Auld Lang Syne” are also present. Donated from the Blavatnik Honresfield Library by the Friends of the National Libraries.
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The works of Robert Burns
Printed and manuscript items relating to the works of Scotland's Bard, Robert Burns (1759 to 1796). 'Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect' was his first published collection of poems. Printed in 1786, it is also known as 'The Kilmarnock Edition'. Burns wrote in his commonplace book between 1783 and 1785, developing his poetic skills and noting down philosophical observations. There is also a volume containing 10 letters and two poems. Highlights from the volume include the only surviving letter that Burns wrote to his father, and part of the lyrics for 'Auld Lang Syne'.
Additional NLS resources:
Robert Burns website An illustrated look at the life of Robert Burns, with information on key manuscripts and rare books at the Library.