MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 20 and 21 January 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 20 and 21 January 1788

my own part, I can say to ^myself in both requisitions, "Thou art
"the man!" I dare, in cool resolve I dare, declare myself
that Friend, and that Lover. - If womankind is capable
of such things, Clarinda is. - I trust that she is; and
feel I shall be miserable, if she is not.- There is not
one Virtue which gives worth, or one Senitment which
does honor to the Sex, that she does not possess supe-
riour to any woman I ever saw: her exalted mind, aided
a little perhaps by her situation, is, I think, capable of that
nobly romantic Love-enthusiasm.

May I see you on Wednesday evening, my dear angel?
The next wednesday again will I conjecture, be a hated
day to us both. - I tremble for censorious remark, for
your sake; but in extraordinary cases, may not usual
and useful Precaution be a little dispensed with?
Three evenings, three swift-winged evenings, with pinions
of down, are all the past. - I dare not calculate the future.-
I shall call at Miss ----- tomorrow-evening; 'twill be a
farewell call. -
I have wrote out my last sheet of paper, so I am reduc'd to my last halfsheet

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