restricted access 'Sir, Yours this moment I unseal': A Burns Manuscript Rediscovered in Paisley


Following the discovery of a manuscript in Burns's hand in the Archive of Paisley Museum and Central Library, new questions regarding the history of the piece had to be asked. The short rhyming reply opens 'Sir, Yours this moment I unseal,' but offers no information connecting the piece to anyone else. This short essay tracks the appearance of the work in nineteenth-century editions of Burns's works and pieces together what we know about it. Thereafter, an attempt is made to clarify the provenance of the item and the literary connections around it, particularly those in Paisley at the turn of the nineteenth century.