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Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire
That's a' the learning I desire
Then tho' I drudge thro' dub an mire
At pleugh or cart
My Muse, tho' hamely in attire
May touch the heart

 

                                                      

Berrywell 24th May 1787
Dear Sir
Any more letters for me that may come to your care, send them to Dumfries, directed to be detained until called for.       I mean this direction only for one week; afterwards direct to me at Mossgiel near Mauchline.     Today I set out for a ride thro’  Northumberlandshire.      I beg you or Mr Creech will acquaint me, whenever he returns.
                                                                                      I am, Dear Sir, yours,
                                                                                                    Robt Burns
P.S. I received a bill from Mr Pattison which he has wrote to you about.    My letter granting receipt has miscarried, but I have wrote him again today
                                                                                                          R.B.
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