MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Niven, dated Lochlea, 3 November 1780

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to William Niven, dated Lochlea, 3 November 1780

I have nothing particular to tell you
respecting myself. I am still so happy
as to have a friend or two (tho I am afraid
I must no more have the honor of ha-
ving you among that number) and
I have now and then a sweetheart or two
but with as little view of matrimony as
ever. I shall be happy to hear from
you how you go on in the ways of life.
I do not mean so much how trade
prospers or if you have the prospect
of riches, or the dread of poverty; as how
you go on in the cultivation of the finer
feelings of the heart. For my own

part I now see it improbable that I
shall ever acquire riches, and am
therefore endeavouring to gather a
philosophical contempt of enjoyments
so hard to be gained & so easily lost.
I hope to have the pleasure of a letter
from you soon, and am,
Dear Sir
yours sincerely
Robert Burns

Lochlee Nov 3d
1780

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