RAMSAY, ALLAN (1684-1758, Scottish poet)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'TO DR ROBERTSON WHEN AT EDINBURGH JULY 30th 1734', 18 lines, written on the front free endpaper of a fourth edition of his Poems, Edinburgh, Thomas Ruddiman, for the Author, 1727, octavo, some overall browning, full calf, rubbed, lower cover detached, octavo, the poem dated 30 July 1734
Now troth dear Doctor it is so kind
and shaws a Cowthie Aefauld mind
in you who live sae far away
on Brittains sunny side of the Brae
to dawt and clap a Northern pow
owning his roundels early row...
Autograph poetical manuscripts by Ramsay are uncommon: only four have appeared at auction, and no others since 1983. The poem was first published in Notes and Queries in 1865 and subsequently in Ramsay's Works. This is the only known manuscript of the poem. Almost all Ramsay's known manuscripts are in the British Library, Edinburgh University, the Huntington, the National Library of Scotland or the Scottish Record Office.
PROVENANCE: W. Carew Hazlitt (1865); Sotheby's, 1 June 1907, lot 340, sold to W. Brown.
REFERENCE: Index of English Literary Manuscripts, III, 1700-1800, compiled by Margaret M. Smith and Alexander Lindsay, 1992, Allan Ramsay, RaA 354.