Lot 258: SCOTT, WALTER. Autograph Letter Signed, to James Nairne,
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: SCOTT, WALTER. Autograph Letter Signed, to James Nairne, requesting that he check for errors in the work Scott did for the Ardwalls, and promising to give him a copy of "Auld Robin Gray" if he can find one. Written in the blank margins above and below the letter is an Autograph Note Signed by Nairne, "J.N.," to "The H'ble Mrs. Erskine / With Mr. Nairne's Comp'ts," dated November 2, 1840, sending Scott's letter and explaining that "Ardwall" refers to Scott's cousin, Mr. McCulloch of Ardwall, and that "Old Robin Gray" was a contribution by Scott to the Bannatyne Club. 1 page, 4to, with integral address leaf additionally Signed, "W.S." "Abbotsford" [Galashiels], 21 January 1831
"I hope I have finished all Ardwall's melancholy commission in proper form. I may however have made some error & entreat you would let me know that I may amend it if possible.
"I greatly fear I have not a copy of Old Robin Gray & that it is nearly untraceable, but I will make a rummage & if I have another you shall have it. Poor Ardwall keeps his spirits up wonderfully."
James Nairne (1782-1847) was a member of the Scottish literature printing society founded in Edinburgh in 1823 by Walter Scott: the Bannatyne Club. The Club published "Auld Robin Gray" in 1825.