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Autobiography, Burns

The name sometimes given to the Autobiographical Letter, dated from Mauchline on 2nd August 1787, which Burns sent to Dr John Moore. Burns venerated Moore far beyond that literary-minded medico's worth, and from time to time sent him later letters bringing the life story given in the Autobiographical Letter up to date. In return, Moore gave Burns much bad advice, the gist of which was that he should abandon Scots and write in English, aiming at producing a livelier version of Thomson's Seasons (See Moore, Dr John). The Autobiographical Letter, which necessarily forms the basis of all studies of the poet's life, is given in full in J. de Lancey Ferguson's Letters of Robert Burns. The manuscript was brought at Sotheby's as Lot 145 in the sale of objets d'art owned by one P. Cunningham, on 26th February 1855. It is now in the British Museum.
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