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

What a strange, mysterious faculty is that thing
nation? We have no ideas almost at all, of another world;
But I have often amused myself with visionary schemes
of what happiness might be enjoyed by small alterations,
alterations that we can fully enter to, in this present
state of existence. - For instance; suppose you and
I just as we are at present; the same reasoning Powers,
sentiments and even desires; the same fond curiousity
for knowledge and remarking observation in our
minds; & imagine our bodies free from pain ^and the
necessary supplies for the wants for nature, at all times and
easily within our reach: imagine farther that we were
set free from the laws of gravitation which bind us
to this globe, and could at pleasure fly, without incon-
venience, through all the yet unconjectur'd bounds
of Creation - what a life of bliss would we lead, in our
mutual pursuit of virtue and knowledge, and our mutual
enjoyment of friendship and love!
I see you laughing at my fairy fancies, and calling

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