MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Peter (Patrick) Miller, dated Edinburgh, 20 October 1787

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Peter (Patrick) Miller, dated Edinburgh, 20 October 1787

Sir,
I was spending a few days at Sir William Murray
Oughtertyre and did not fet your oblidging letter till today
I came to town. - I was still more unlucky in catching
a miserable cold ^for for which the medical gentlemen have
ordered me into close confinement, "under pain of
Death!" the severest of penalties.- In two or three
days, if I get better, and if I hear at your lodgings
that you are still at Dalswinton, I will take a
ride to Dumfries directly.- From something in
your last, I would wish to explain my idea of being your
Tenant. - I want to be a farmer in a small
farm, about a plough-gang, in a pleasant coun-
try, under the auspices of a good landlord. - I have
no fooling notion of being a Tenant on easier terms

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