MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated Brow-Sea-bathing quarters, 7 July 1796

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, dated Brow-Sea-bathing quarters, 7 July 1796

Brow- Sea- bathing quarters--
July 7th 17976

My dear Cunningham
I received yours here his moment
and am indeed am highly flattered with the approbabtion of
the literary circle you mention; a literary circle inferiour to none
in the two kingdoms. - Alas! my friend, I fear the
voice of the Bard will so be heard among you no more!
For these eight or ten months I have been ailing, sometimes
bedrest & sometimes not; but these last three months I
have been tortured with an excruciating rheumatism which
has reduced me to nearly the last stage. - You actually would
not know if you saw me. - Pale, emaciated, & so feeble as
occasionally to need help from my ehoir[?] - my spirits
fled! fled" - but I can no more on the subject only
the Medical folks tell me that my last & only chance
is bathing & country quarters & riding. The deuce
of the matter is this; when an Excise man is off duty
his

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