MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, dated Mauchline, 3 March 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, dated Mauchline, 3 March 1788

Sir,
I have been at Ellisland with M.r Tennant, the
gentleman on whose judgement I told you I would so much
depend. - I inclose you his idea on the subject, which are, I
think, extremely just. - I am fondest of a farming life; and
that generosity and benevolence, so very unlike the world but
so very like yourself, make me ardently wish to be your Tennant.
I know a little of the world, Sir; the sentiments of generosity
and bowels of compassion they have usually for one ano-
ther - from one in my situation of life to one in yours,
even the native grateful tribute of the heart is perhaps with
more propriety suppressed in silence. -

It is usual, I understand, to make the entries to leasses in
your neighbourhood, at Whitsunday. - This will not do at
Ellisland; the farm is so worn out, and every bit of it, good
for any thing, is this year under tillage; at least the fields
are so intersected with pieces under crop, the four horses

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