MS: Letter from Robert Burns to John Ballantine, dated 20 November 1786

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to John Ballantine, dated 20 November 1786

Sir,
Inclosed you have my first attempt in the irregular
kind of measure in which many of our finest Odes are wrote.
How far I have succeeded I don't know; but I shall be happy
to have your opinion on friday first when I intend being in
Ayr. - I hear of no returns from Edin.r to M.r Aiken re-
-specting my second Edition business; so I am thinking to
set out, beginning of next week, for the City myself. -
If my first poetic Patron M.r Aiken is in town, I want
your & his advice, both in my procedure, & some little Criticism
affairs, much; if Business will permit you to honor me with
a few minutes when I come down on Friday.
I have the honor to be,
Sir, your much indebted humble serv.t Robert Burns
Mossgeil 20th Nov.
1786

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