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AND W. CREECH, EDINBURGH.
Wright, W. Robinson, W. Harding, and E. Rusbton, Liverpool.
THE first and principal part of the en
suing volume, consists of the correspondence be
tween Mr. Burns and Mr. Thomson, on the
subject of the beautiful work projected and ex
ecuted by the latter, the nature of which is ex
plained in the first number of the following series. *
* This work is entitled, “ A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs for the voice; to which are added, introductory and concluding Symphonies and Accompaniments for the Piano Forte and Violin, by Pleyel and Kozeluch. With select and characteristic Verses, by the most admired Scottish Poets, &c."
London, Printed and Sold by PRESTON, No. 97, Strand.
The undertaking of Mr. Thomson, is one op which the public may be congratulated in various
points of view; not merely as having collected the
finest of the Scottish songs and airs of past times,
but as having given occasion to a number of ori
ginal songs of our bard, which equal or surpass
the former efforts of the pastoral muses of Scot
land, and which, if we mistake not, may be safely
compared with the lyric poetry of any age or
country. The letters of Mr. Burns to Mr. Thom
son include the songs he presented to him, some of
which appear in different stages of their progress,
and these letters will be found to exhibit occasion
ally his notions of song writing, and his opinions
on various subjects of taste and criticism. These
opinions, it will be observed, were called forth by
the observations of his correspondent, Mr. Thom
son; and without the letters of this gentleman,