MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 12 December 1787

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 12 December 1787

I stretch a point indeed, my dearest Madam, when I answer
your card on the rack of my present agony. - Your
friendship, Madam! by Heavens, I was never proud
before. - Your lines, I maintain it, are Poetry; and
good Poetry; mine, were indeed partly fiction, and partly
a friendship which had I been so blest as to have met
with you in time, might have led me - God of love only
knows where. - Time is too short for ceremonies -
I swear solemnly (in all the tenor of my former oath)
to remember you in all the pride and warmth of
friendship until - I cease to be!
Tomorrow, and every day till I see you, you shall hear
from me.

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