MS: Letter from Robert Burns to James Candlish, dated Edinburgh, 21 March 1787

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to James Candlish, dated Edinburgh, 21 March 1787

My ever dear old acquaintance,
I was equally surprised
and pleased at your letter, tho' I dare say you will think
by my delaying so long to write you, that I am so
drowned in the intoxication of good fortune as to be
indifferent to old and once deal connections. - The
truth is, I was determined to write a damn'd good
letter, full of argument, amplification, erudition and,
as Bays says, all that. - I thought of it and thought
of it, but for my soul I cannot; and lest you should
mistake the cause of my silence, I just sit down to
tell you so. - Don't give yourself credit though, that
the strength of your logic scares me: the truth is
I never mean to meet you on that ground at all. -
You have shown me one thing, which was to be
demonstrated, that strong pride of reasoning, with
a little affection of singularity, may mislead the

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