MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Jean McMurdo, contains 'A Ballad'

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Jean McMurdo, contains 'A Ballad'

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To Miss Mc Murdo, Drumlanrig; inclosing a song
composed on her, by RB

Madam,
Amid the profusion of complimentary
address which your age, sex & accomplishments will
now bring you, permit me to approach you with
my devoirs, which, however deficient may be their
consequence in other respects, have the double
novelty & merit, in these frivolous, hollow times
of being poetic & sincere. - In the inclosed ballad
I have, I think, hit off a few outlines of your
portrait. - The personal charms, the purity of
mind, the ingenuous naivete of heart & manners.
in my heroine, are, I flatter myself, a pretty
just likeness of Miss Mcmurdo in a Cottager.
Every composition of this kind must have a
series of dramatic incident in it; so I have had
recourse to my invention to finish the rest of my
ballad.

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