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

long I shall continue so, Heaven only knows,
but be that as it may, I shall never be in-
volved as I was again. --
Our communion was on Sunday se en night,
I mention this to tell you that I saw your
cousin there, with some of Mr Hamilton's
sons. You cannot imagine how pleased I
was to steal a look at him, & trace the
resemblance of my old friend -- I was prepossed
in his favor on that account, but still more
be that ing^enuous modestly a quality so rare
amongst students, especialy in the divinity way
which is so apparent in his air & manner.
I assure you my hear warmed to him: I
was only sorry I could not tell him, how
happy I would have been to have had it in
my power to have obliged him. you know
I am a Physiognomist, so will not be surprised
at this. I shall expect to hear from you soon
& shall conclude with assuring you, that I am
your sincere wellwisher & humble servant
Robt Burns
Lochlee June12th 1781

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