MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Niven, dated Lochlea, 12 June 1781

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Niven, dated Lochlea, 12 June 1781

Dear Sir,
I shall not begin with
considering whether you are to blame, or
I am to blame, or who of us is most to blame
for this long, long interval of our correspondence
In my letter which I wrote you in Feb;
last, I touched a subject which, I thought, would
have produced an immediate answer; but it seems
I have been mistaken, tho' I suspect not altogether
neither. Had not the hurried season of seed-time
come on so soon as it did, I would have wrote you
farther on the subject; but so fatigued was my
body & so hebetated my mind, that I could
neither think, nor write any thing to purpose.

I know you will hardly believe me
when I tell you, that by a strange conjuncture
of circumstances, I am interely got rid of all
connections with the tender sex, I mean
in the way of courtship: it is, however
absolutely certain that I am so; though
how

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