Scottish Literature Digital Projects

Presented by the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and University of South Carolina Digital Collections


Letters Addressed to Clarinda, &c.

Glasgow, 1802

Female silhouette

For more than forty years, the 1802 edition of Robert Burns’s Letters Addressed to Clarinda provided the only record of his correspondence with Mrs. Agnes M’Lehose (“Clarinda”). It was from the letters printed here that Burns’s early biographers first told the story of the Sylvander–Clarinda relationship. This facsimile has been scanned from one of the three copies of the original edition in the G. Ross Roy Collection of Burnsiana & Scottish Literature, in the Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of South Carolina. The opportunity has been taken to add some additional pages with material drawn from manuscript letters in the G. Ross Roy Collection. The facsimile makes Letters Addressed to Clarinda available once again in its original format, both as a digital text, through the library’s Digital Collections site, and also (slightly enlarged in page size) as a print-on-demand book, in partnership with the University of South Carolina Press.

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