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#410 - Robert Burns

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Scotland’s most celebrated poet approves a “Cask of Foreign Rum”
Description                           Estimate: $6,000+          

Partly-printed DS, signed “Rob’t Burns,” one page, 6 x 4, March 1, 1793. An official document filled out by Burns as the exciseman for Dumfries, Scotland, permitting Robert Anderson to "receive one Cask of Foreign Rum…Quantity nine Gallons” from the stock of James Grieves. Handsomely and archivally double-matted and framed with an engraving to an overall size of 20 x 13.5. Affixed to a slightly larger backing for reinforcement and in very good condition, with three small areas of repaired paper loss near the edges.

After a failed attempt at farming, Burns decided to become a tax collector in 1789 and moved to Dumfries two years later. Burns was infamously known for his love of alcohol, an interest perhaps best embodied in his poem ‘Scotch Drink.’ Although his poetry cites whiskey as a favorite—in some cases calling out specific brands by name—he did not shy away from rum and was known to enjoy ale, claret wine, port, and brandy on occasion. Autographic material from Burns is quite scarce, and with its large signature and appropriate association with drink, this is a particularly appealing example. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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