MS: Letter from Robert Burns to an unknown recipient, dated Edinburgh 1788.

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to an unknown recipient, dated Edinburgh 1788.

Sir,
I have been wandering for some time past, like Satan
in the first chapter of the book of Job, "Going to and fro in
"the earth, and walking up and down in it" - Some weeks
by past indeed, I have been a cripple in one of my legs,
owing to a fall by the drunken stupiditiy of a coachman.
I am got a good deal better, but can walk little yet without
my crutches. - "It is an ill-wind blows nobody good:"
the witlings of my acquaintance have made much of ,
"a Poet on stilts." -

My brother the bearer of this, has just now written me
to assist him a little in money matters. - I cannot
stir out, not even in a chair, to raise as much as he wants
and without my personal presence, I could not so well
do it. - That account for my copies in your or M.r
Cowan's hands, you will please give it him. - Should he

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