Monday, 25 January 2010

Robert hasn't Burnt his bridges yet....

On a similar note, a rare letter by Robert Burns' widow has been unveiled today. The epistle is written by Jean Armour in 1804, in response to enquiries about herself and the welfare of her children. In response, she communicates the death of the two children, one of whom died just two years after Burns himself, and thanked the writer for their concern. The letter was bought in a New York junk shop for $75, by an American scholar, who had just finished a lecture on Burns at  the Library of Congress. Now, on the precipice of the hand over to the National Library of Scotland, the owner said; 'I hope its availability will increase public awareness of Jean Armour Burns, a remarkable and frequently underappreciated woman whose understanding and support assisted Robert Burns to pursue his art'.

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