MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Captain Richard Brown, dated Mauchline, 7 March 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Captain Richard Brown, dated Mauchline, 7 March 1788

grave, geometrical minds, the sons of, "Which was
"to be demonstrated, " may cry up reason as much
as they please; but I have always found an honest
passion, or native instinct, the trustiest auxiliary
in the warfare of this world. - Reason almost
always comes to me, like an unlucky wife to a poor
devil of a husband - just in time enough to add
her reproaches to his other grievances. -

I found Jean - with her cargo very well laid in
but unfortunately moor'd, almost at the mercy of
wind and tide: I have towed her into conenient
harbour where she may lie snug till she unload;
and have taken the command myself- not osten-
sibly, but for a time, in secret. - I am gratified by
your kind enquiries after her; as after all, I may
say with Othello - "Excellent wretch"
"Perdition catch my soul but I do love thee!"
I go for Edin.r on monday, but will return in
a week. I'll send you the Directory on Weden

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