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Manuscripts

During his lifetime, Burns made manuscript collections of some of his letters and poems for several friends. The Afton, don, Glenriddell, Cambusdoon and Stair collections are noted separately.

Collections made by subsequent hands include th Dalhousie Manuscript of letters to George Thomson and the Lochryan Manuscript of letters to Mrs Dunlop, both in the Morgan Library, New York: the collection in the Cottage Museum, Alloway, which includes the series of letters to Robert Graham of Fintry, the Second Commonplace Book, and a number of poems in addition to the Afton Manuscript: about a hundred manuscripts in Edinburgh divided between the University Library (the Don Manuscript), the city Museum (the Letters to James Burness), the Scottish National Library *the Glenriddell Manuscript), the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish Museum of Antiquities; the British Museum, whose collectionof letters include the Autobiographical Letter to Dr Moore, and in the Hastie Manuscript, the greatest single collection of poems.

Other public institutions having Burns's manuscripts include the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, the Public Library, Dunfermline, the Burns Monument, Kilmarnock, and the Burns Museum, Irvine.

Many Burns manuscripts are still in private collections, mainly in America. Most of these will presumably find their way into public collections in the course of time.

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