MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Creech, dated 24 January 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Creech, dated 24 January 1788

Sir,

when a business, which could at any rate time be
done in a few hours, has kept me four months
without even a shadow of any thing else to do but
wait and gently on it, 'tis no very favourable symptom
that it will be done soon, when I am a hundred miles absent.-
At any rate, I have no mind to make the experi -
ment, but am determined to have it done before
I leave Edin.r__ But why should I go into the
country? till I clear with you, I don't know
what to do, or what I have in my power to do.
You have declared yourself to the Publick at large, my
friend, my Patron; at all times I gratefully I grate-
fully own it: I beg you will continue to be so; and
rather make a little exertion amid your hurried time,
than trifle with a poor man in his very existence:
I shall expect to hear from you tomorrow, or next day;
and have the honor to be,
Sir,
your very humble sert

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