MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Miss Isabella Mabane, dated 1 December 1787

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Miss Isabella Mabane, dated 1 December 1787

Here have I sat, my dear Madam in the [page torn]
attitude of perplexed study for fifteen vexatious mi-
nutes; my head askew, binding ever the intended
card; my fixed eye insensible to the very light of
day poured around; my pendulous goose-feather
loaded with ink, hanging over the future letter;
all for the important purpose of writing a
complimentary card to accompany your trin-
ket. - Compliments, is such a miserable
Greenland expression, lies at such a chilly,
Polar distance from the torrid zone of my
constitution, that I cannot for the very soul
of me use it to any person for whom I have
the twentieth part of the esteem everyone must
have for you who knows you. -

I leave town in three of four days, I can
give myself the pleasure of calling for you only
for a minute. - Tuesday evening, sometime
about seven, or after, I shall wait on you for

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