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

which I will need this summer for driving lime and materials
for building, with a cow for a married servant perhaps the
first year, and one for myself as I must be on the spot,
will eat up the whole pasture. - I'll pay for the grass & houses
whatever it they deserves for the summer, and if you please,
make my entry to my lease at Martinmas. - I wish
too, to have it at the present rent, 50£ p.r An. for three
years. - The lands are so exhausted, the to enter to the full
rent would throw me under a disheartening load of debt. -
Not, Sir, that I would mercenarily cheapen your goodness;
if you do not chuse to drop the deficiency of 60, £, I will
try to pay it by small additiond to my rent in subsequent
years. - You offered me a long lease; I wish it, four nineteens.
I suppose you will have no objection to let me manage
the farm as I think proper, till the last six years of the
lease: these years I shall bind mysel not to crop above
one third of the farm in one year, and what fields I
lay down in grass to lay them down with manure. -
I shall be in Edin.r beginning of next week, when I
shall wait on you.
I have the honor to be, Sir,
your highly oblidges humble serv.t
Rob.t Burns
Mauchline 3.d March
1788

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