July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO W. BONE AND JOHN GRAY ; 22 November 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581122-TC-WBAJG-01; CL 34: 242


[22 Nov.? 1858]

Gentlemen,—I have received your Invitation to the Burns Festival;1 and beg to express myself very sensible of the honour you do me.

It would have given me great pleasure to assist in any public testimony [“expression” crossed out], as rational as the times permit, of the reverence [“feeling justly” crossed out] entertained by Scotland towards this the most gifted of all her sons for some [“in these recent” crossed out] generations past; one whom she has good right to look upon with pride, and alas also with many other feelings, wherein sorrow, self-reproach [‘pity, remorse’ crossed out] and determination to treat her next Gifted One a little more wisely, should not be wanting. [“To testify all this to one another and the world is not useless; but useful nor is the method to be quarrelled with, by Festival or such methods as the times permit” crossed out]

Unfortunately, however, the state of my engagements threatens [“will” crossed out] to detain me here [“in this part of the world” crossed out] thro' August; and I shall only be able to contribute to your Meeting my sympathies thanks and good wishes.

I have the honour to be [“With many thanks” crossed out]

W. Bone &c, John Gray2 secretaries to the Burns Festival Ayr—