MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Cruikshank, dated Mauchline, 3 March 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Cruikshank, dated Mauchline, 3 March 1788

My Dear Sir,
Apologies for not writing are frequently
like apologies for not singing - the apology better than the
song. I have fought my way severly through the
savage hospitality of this country - to send every guest
drunk to bed if they can. -
I executed your commision in Glasgow, and I hope
the Cocoa came safe. - 'Twas the same price and the
very same kind as your former parcel; for the
gentleman recollected your buying there before perfect
ly well -
I should return my thanks for your hospitality
(I leave a blank for the epither, as I know none can do it
justice;) to a poor, wayfaring Bard who was spent
and almost overpowered fighting with Prosaic wicked-

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