MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Mr David Sillars

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Mr David Sillars

My dear Sir,
I am extremely sorry to hear of
your misfortune, & the more so, as it is not in
my power to give you any assistance. - I am
just five shillings rich at present; tho' I was
considerably richer three days ago, when I was
obliged to pay twenty pounds for a man who
took me in, to save a rotten credit. - I heedlessly
gave him my name on the back of a bill where -
in I have no concern, & he - gave me the bill
to pay. - To write you a long letter, of news &c.
would by insult your present unfortunate
feelings: I trust your many rich & powerful friends
will enable you to get clear of that flinty-hearted
scoundrel, whose name I detest. -
Yours, R. Burns

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