MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Niven, dated Lochlea, 29 July 1780

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Niven, dated Lochlea, 29 July 1780

joined ---
part of the noblest -- or when mixed with corrupted
& disingenuous inclinations, it enters largely into the
composition of many vices. I do not think I can
convey my notion of it to you better, than by
analyzing some of the virtues in which it is most
conspicuous. I look upon patience to be the posses-
sing one's mind calmly in ruffling circumstances

of lie and is either a natural
or an aquired command of
this you add a large portion of
tioned you have my idea of
again, a generous, frank, open
and enlarged understanding;
opinion the genuine virtue of
or greatness of soul. Courage
else than a long portaion of
with a throughlessness of dan
& counterbalanced with
quality in its highest perf
it is called rashness: there is
ferocity which is sometimes
nothing akin to the fromer.-
you see that according to any
absurd to say such a one
person must have it in
pretensions to human nature
the ordinary acceptation of the
the aforementioned principle

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