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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
Correspondence between Mr. Thomson and Mr. Burns.
Desiring the Bard to furnish verses for some
the Scottish airs, and to revise former songs, 1
“ 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,
VIII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. with an additional stanza to “ The Lea Rig.”
XI. Mr. T. to Mr. B. Jan. 1793. Desiring
anecdotes on the origin of particular songs.
32 XII. Mr. B. to Mr. T. Has Mr. Tytler's anec
dotes, and means to give his own-sends
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 Willie” altered,
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.
song-One poet should not mangle the
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,”
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,