MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Mrs Agnes McLehose, dated 28 December 1787

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Mrs Agnes McLehose, dated 28 December 1787

doubt of his abilities nor his sincerity. - I do love [you?]
if possible still better for having so fine a taste and
turn for Poesy. - I have again gone wrong in my
^ usual unguarded way, but you ^may erase the word, and put esteem
respect, or any other tame Dutch expression you pre-
in its place. - I believe there is no holding converse or
carrying ^on correspondence, with an amiable woman mu-
less a gloriously amiable, fine woman, without some
mixture of that delicious Passion, whose most devoted
Slave I have more than once had the honor of be-
ing: but why be hurt or offended on that account
Can no honest man have a prepossion for a fine
woman, but he must run his head against an
intrigue? Take a little of the tender witchcraft of
Love, and add it to the generous, the honorable sentiment
of manly Friendship: and I know but one more
delightful morsel, which few, few in any rank ever
taste. - Such a composition is like adding cream
to strawberries - it not only gives the fruit a more
elegant richness, but had a peculiar deliciousness
of its own. -

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