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OF BURNS. neylected in the printed list, which is very thorn, and as sweet and modest's a new. incorrect, are supplied at the subscription blawn plum-rose in a hazle shaw. They price. I was not at Glasgow, nor do I were baith bred to mainers by the benk, and intend to go to London; and I think Mrs. onie ane o' them had as muckle smeddum Fame is very idle to tell so many lies on a poor and runnbleguniption as the half o' some poet. When you or Mr. Cowan write for preshytries that you and I baith ken. They copies, if you should want any, direct to Mr. play'd ne sick a de l o'a shavie, that I Hill, at Mr. Creech's shop (28), and I write daur say, if my hariyals were turn'd out, ye to Mr. Hill by this post, to answer either of wad see twa nicks i' the heart o' me like the your orders. Hill is Mr. Creech's first clerk, mark o'a kail-whittle in a castock. and Creech himself is presently in London. I was gaun to write you a lang pystle, but I suppose I shall have the pleasure, against God forgie me, I gat mysel sae noutouriyour return to Paisley, of assuring you how | ously bitchify'd the day, after kail-time, that much I am, dear Sir, your obliged, humble I can hardly stoiter bot and ben. servant,

R. B. My best respecks to the guidwife and a'

our common friens, especially Mr. and Mrs.

Cruikshank, and the honest guwinan o'

Jock's Lodze.

I'll be in Dumfries the morn gif the beast

be to the fore, and the branks bide hale, MASTER OF THE HIGII SCHOOL, EDIN- Guid be wi' you. Willie! Amen! R. B.

Carlisle, June 1, 1787.

sitten down here, after seven ard forty miles

TO WILLIAM NICOL, Esq. ridm', een as forjesket and furniaw'd as a

Auchtertyre (30), June, 1787. forfoughter cock, to gie you some notion o'

MY DEAR SIR.--I find myself very conmy lanıl-lowper-like stravaguin sin' the sor-fortable here, neither oppressed by ceremony. rowfu' hour that I sheuk hands and parted

nor mortified by neglect. Lady Augusta is wi' Auld Reekie.

a most engagung woman, and very happy in My auld, ga’d gleyde o'a meere has huch

her family, which makes one's ontgoings and yall'd up hill and down brae, in Scotland

incomings very agreeable. I called at Mr. and England, as teugh and birnie as a very | Ramsay's of Auchtertyre (31), as I came up devil wi' me. It's true she's as poor's a the country, and am so delighted with him. sangmaker and as hard's a kirk, and tipper- that is

that I shall certainly accept of liis invitation taipers when she taks the gate, first like a

to spend a day or two with him as I return. lady's gentle-woman in a minuwae, or a hen I leave this place on Wednesday or Thursday. on a het girdle; but she's a yauld, poutherie

Make my kind compliments to Mr. and girrar: for a' that, and has a stomach like

Mrs. Cruikshank and Mrs. Nicol, if she is Willie Stalker's meere, that wad hae di

returned. I am ever, dear Sir, your deeply geested tumbler-wheels--for she'll whip me


R. B. aff her five stimparts o' the best aits at a down-sittin, and ne'er fash her thumb. When ance her ringbanes and spavies, her

NO. LVII. crucks and cramps, are fairly soupl'd, she beets to, beets to, and aye the hindmost hour

TO MIR. W. NICOL, the tightest. I could wager her price to a MASTER OF TIIE HIGI SCHOOL, EDINthrettie pennies, that for twa or three wooks

BURGII. ridin'at fifty mile a-day, the deil-sticket a five gallopers acqueesh Clyde and Whithorn

Mauchline, June 18, 1787. could cast saut on her tail. (29)

MY DEAR FRIEND.—I am now arrived I hae dander'd owre a' the kintra frae safe in my native country, after a very agreeDumbar to Selcraig, and hae forgather'd wi' | able jaunt, and have the pleasure to find all mony a guid fallow, and mony a weelfar'd | my friends well. I breakfasted with your hizzie. I met wi' twa dink, quines in par- grey-headed, reverend friend, Mr. Smith; ticular, ane o' them a sonsie, fine, fodgel lass and was highly pleased both with the cordial -baith, braw and bonnie; the tither was a welcome he gave me, and his most excellent clean-shankit, straught, tight, weel-far'd appearance and sterling good sense. winch, as blythe's a lintwhite on a flowerie I have been with Nir, Miller at Dalswin-



ton, and am to meet him again in August. {pliments to Mrs. Nicol, and all the circle of From my view of the lands, and his reception our common friends. of my hardship, my hopes in that business P. S. I shall be in Edinburgh about the are rather mended; but still they are but latter end of July.

R. B. slender.

I am quite charmed with Dumfries folks: Mr. Burnside, the clergyman, in particular, is

NO. LVIII. a man whom I shall ever gratefully remember; and his wife--guid forgie me! I had TO WILLIAM CRUIKSHANK. (32) almost broke the tenth commandment on

ST. JAMES'S SQUARE, EDINBURGH. her account. Simplicity, elegance, good sense, sweetness of disposition, good humour,

Auchtertyre, June, 1787. kind hospitality, are the constituents of her

I HAVE nothing, my dear Sir, to write to manner and heart: in short-but if I say

you, but that I feel myself exceedingly comone word more about her, I shall be directly

fortably situated in this good family-just in love with her.

notice enough to make me easy but not to I never, my friend, thought mankind very

| embarrass me. I was storm-staid two days capable of anything generous; but the state

at the foot of the Ochill Hills, with Mr. Tait liness of the patricians in Edinburgh, and

of Herveyston and Mr. Johnston of Alva, the civility of my plebeian brethren (who

| but was so well pleased that I shall certainly perhaps formerly eyed me askance) since I

spend a day on the banks of the Devon as I returned home, have nearly put me out of

return. I leave this place I suppose on conceit altogether with my species. I have

Wednesday, and shall devote a day to Mr. bought a pocket Milton, which I carry per

Ramsay, at Auchtertyre, near Stirling petually about with me, in order to study

& the sentiments, the dauntless magnanimity,

man to whose wortli I cannot do justice,

My respectful kind compliments to Mrs. the intrepid, unyielding independence, the

Cruikshank, and my dear little Jeanie, and desperate daring, and noble defiance of hard

if you see Mr. Masterton, please remember ship in that great personage, Satan. 'Tis

me to him. I am ever, my dear Sir, &c. true, I have just now a little cash; but I am

R. B. afraid the star that hitherto has shed its malignant, purpose-blasting rays full in my zenith,--that noxious planet, so baneful in its influences to the rhyming tribe, -I mucli

NO. LIX dread it is not yet beneath my horizon. TO MR. JOHN KICHMOND. Misfortune dodges the path of human life;

Mossgiel, July 7th, 1787. the poetic mind finds itself miserably deranged in, and unfit for the walks of busi- | MY DEAR RICHMOND.--I am all imness; add to all, that thoughtless follies and patience to hear of your fate since the old hair-brained whims, like so many ignes fatui confounder of right and wrong has turned eternally diverging from the right line of you out of place, by his journey to answer sober discretion, sparkle with step-bewitching his indictment at the bar of the other world. blaze in the idly-gazing eyes of the poor He will find the practice of the court so heedless bard, till pop, "he falls like Lucifer, different from the practice in which he has never to hope again." God grant that this for so many years been thoroughly hack. may be an unreal picture with respect to me! neyed, that his friends, if he had any con-. but should it not, I have very little depend. nections truly of that kind, which I rather ence on mankind. I will close my letter with doubt, may well tremble for his sake. His this tribute my heart bids me pay you chicane, his left-handed wisdom, which stood the many ties of acquaintance and friendship so firmly by him, to such good purpose, which I have, or think I have in life, I have here, like other accomplices in robbery and felt along the lines, and damn them, they are plunder, will, now the piratical business is almost all of them of such frail contexture, blown, in all probability turn king's evithat I am sure they would not stand the dences, and then the devil's bagpiper will breath of the least adverse breeze of fortune; ( touch him off “Bundle and go." but from you, my ever dear Sir, I look with If he has left you any legacy, I beg confidence for the apostolic love that shall your pardon for all this; if not, I know wait on me “through good report and bad you will swear to every word I said about: report”-the love which Solomon emphati. him. caliy says " is strong as death,” My com- ' I have lately been rambling over by Dum.

barton and Inverary, and running a drunken

NO. LXI. race on the side of Loch Lomond with a wild Highlandman; his horse, which had

TO ROBERT AINSLIE. (33) never known the ornaments of iron or

Mauchline, July 23rd, 1787. leather, zigzagged across before my old

MY DEAR AINSLIE.—There is one thing spavin'd hunter, whose name is Jenny Geddes, and down came the Highlandman,

for which I set great store by you as a friend,

and it is this, that I have not a friend upon horse and all, and down came Jenny and my ladyship ; so I have got such a skinful

earth, besides yourself, to whom I can talk of bruises and wounds, that I shall be at

nonsense without forfeiting some degree of least four weeks before I dare venture on my

his esteem. Now, to one like me, who journey to Edinburgh.

never cares for speaking any thing else but Not one new thing under the sun has

nonsense, such a friend as you is an invaluahappened in Mauchline since you left it. I

ble treasure. I was never a rogue, but have hope this will find you as comfortably

been a fool all my life; and, in spite of all situated as formerly, or, if Heaven pleases,

my endeavours, I see now plainly that I more so; but, at all events, I trust you will

shall never be wise. Now it rejoices my

heart to have met with such a fellow as let me know, of course, how matters stand with you, well or ill. 'Tis but poor con-1

you, who, though you are not just such a

hopeless fool as I, yet I trust you will never solation to tell the world when matters go wrong, but you know very well your con

listen so much to the temptations of the

devil, as to grow so very wise that you will nection and mine stands on a different footing. I am ever, my dear friend, yours,

in the least disrespect an honest fellow be. R. B.

| cause he is a fool. In short, I have set you

down as the staff of my old age, when the
whole list of my friends will, after a decent
share of pity, have forgot me.
Though in the morn comes sturt and strife,

Yet joy may come at noon;

And I hope to live a merry merry life

When a'thir days are done.

Write me soon, were it but a few lines Mauchline, July, 1787. I just to tell me how that good, sagacious MY DEAR SIR.—My life, since I saw you

man, your father, is--that kind dainty body last, has been one continued hurry; that

your mother-that strapping chiel your

brother Douglas-and my friend Rachel, savage hospitality which knocks a man down with strong liquors, is the devil. I have a

who is as far before Rachel of old, as

she was before her blear-eyed sister Leah. sore warfare in this world; the devil, the

R. B. world, and the flesh, are three formidable foes. The first I generally try to fly from ; the second, alas! generally flies from me; but the third is my plague, worse than the

NO. LXII. ten plagues of Egypt. I have been looking over several farms in

TO MR. ROBERT MUIR. this country; one in particular, in Nithsdale, pleased me so well, that, if my offer to

Stirling, August 26th, 1787. the proprietor is accepted, I shall comnience MY DEAR SIR.-I intended to have farmer at Whitsunday. If farming do not written you from Edinburgh, and now appear eligible, I shall have recourse to my write you from Stirling to make an excuse. other shift; but this to a friend.

Here am I, on my way to Inverness, with I set out for Edinburgh on Monday a truly original, but very worthy man, a morning; how long I stay there is uncertain, Mr. Nicol, one of the masters of the Highbut you will know so soon as I can inform school in Edinburgh.--I left Auld Reekie you myseif. However I determine, poesy yesterday morning, and have passed, besides must be laid aside for some time; my mind by-excursions, Linlithgow, Borrowstouness, has been vitiated with idleness, and it will Falkirk, and here am I undoubtedly. This take a good deal of effort to habituate it to morning I knelt at the tomb of Sir John the the routine of business. I am, my dear Sir, Graham, the gallant friend of the immortal yours sincerely,

R. B. Wallace : and two hours ago I said a fervent



prayer for old Caledonia over the hole in wise; and I have the satisfaction to inform a blue whinstone, where Robert de Bruce you that he is getting the better of those fixed his royal standard on the banks of consumptive symptoms which I suppose you Bannockburn; and just now, from Stirling know were threatening him. His inake, and Castle, I have seen by the setting sun the particularly his manner, resemble you, but glorious prospect of the windings of Forth he will still have a finer face. (I put in the through the rich carse of Stirling, and word still, to please Mrs. Hamilton.) Good skirting the equally rich carse of Falkirk. sense, modesty, and at the same time a just The crops are very strong, but so very late idea of that respect that man owes to man, that there is no harvest except a ridye or and has a right in his turn to exact, are two perhaps in ten miles, all the way I have striking features in his character; and, what travelled from Edinburgh.

with me is the Alpha and Omega, he has a I left Andrew Bruce (34) and family all heart that might adorn the breast of a poet! well. I will be at least three weeks in Grace has a good figure, and the look of making my tour, as I shall return by the health and cheerfulness, but nothing else coast, and have many people to call for. remarkable in her person. I scarcely ever

My best compliments to Charles, our dear saw so striking a likeness as is between her kinsman and fellow-saint; and Messrs. W. and your little Beenie; the mouth and chin and H. Parker. I hope Hughoc (35) is particularly. She is reserved at first; but going on and prospering with God and Miss ! as we grew better acquainted, I was delighted M'Causlin.

with the native frankness of her manner, and If I could think on any thing sprightly, I the sterling sense of her observation. Of should let you hear every other post; but Charlotte I cannot speak in common terms a dull, matter-of-fact business like this of admiration : she is not only beautiful but scrawl, the less and seldomer one writes the lovely. Her form is elegant; her features better.

not regular, but they have the smile of Among other matters-of-fact I shall add sweetness and the settled complacency of this, that I am and ever shall be, my dear good nature, in the highest degree; and her Sir, your obliged

R. B. complexion, now that she has happily re

covered hier wonted health, is equal to Miss Burnet's. After the exercise of our riding

to the Falls, Charlotte was exactly Dr. NO. LXIII.

Donne's mistress :

memmefler pure and eloquent blood Stirling, August 28th, 1787. Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, MY DEAR SIR.--Here am I on my way

That one would almost say her body thought. to Inverness. I have rambled over the rich, Her eyes are fascinating; at once expressive fertile carses of Falkirk and Stirling, and of good serise, tenderness, and am delighted with their appearance : richly mind. (36) waving crops of wheat, barley, &c., but no I do not give you all this account, my harvest at all yet, except in one or two places good Sir, to flatter you. I mean it to rean old-wife's ridge. Yesterday morning I proach you. Such relations the first peer in rode from this town up the meandering Devon's the realm might own with pride; then why bauks, to pay my respects to some Avrshire do you not keep up niore correspondence folks at Harvieston. After breakfast, we with these so amiable young folks? I had made a party to go and see the famous a thousand questions to answer about you. Caudron-linn, a remarkable cascade in the | I had to describe the little ones with the Devon, about five miles above Harvieston ; minuteness of anatomy. They were highly and after spending one of the most pleasant delighted when I told them that John (37) days I ever had in my life, I returned to was so good a boy, and so tine a scholar, and Stirling in the evening. They are a family, that Willie was going on still very pretty : Sir, though I had not had any prior tiem but I have it in commission to tell her from though they had not been the brother and them that beauty is a poor, silly banble sisters of a certain generous friend of mine without she be good. Niss Chalmers I had I would never forget them. I am told you left in Edinburgh, but I had the pleasure of have not seen them these several years, so meeting with Mrs. Chalmers; only Lady you can have very little idea of what these Mackenzie, being rather a little alarmingly young folks are now. Your brother is as tall ill of a sore throat, somewhat marred our as you are, but slender rather than other. enjoyment,

I shall not be in Ayrshire for four weeks. I among cascades and Druidical circles of My most respectful compliments to Mrs. stones, to Dunkeld, a seat of the Duke of Hamilton, Miss Kennedy, and Dr. Macken- | Athole; thence across Tay, and up one of zie. I shall probably write him from some his tributary streams to Blair of Athole, stage or other. I am ever, Sir, yours most another of the Duke's seats, where I had the gratefully,

R. B. honour of spending nearly two days with his

grace and family; thence many miles through a wild country among cliffs, grey

with eternal snows and gloomy savage glens, NO. LXIV.

till I crossed Spey and went down the stream TO MR. WALKER,

through Strathspey,—so famous in Scottish

music (41),-Badenoch, &c. till I reached OF BLAIR ATH OLE. (38) Grant Castle, where I spent half a day with

Sir James Grant and family, and then Inverness, September 5th, 1787.

crossed the country for Fort George, but MY DEAR SIR.-I have just time to called by the way at Cawdor, the ancient write the

nd to tell you that seat of Macbeth; there I saw the identical it was (at least most part of it) the effusion bed in which tradition says king Duncan was of a half-hour I spent at Bruar. I do not murdered; lastly, from Fort George to Inmean it was extempore, for I have endea- | verness. voured to brush it up as well as Mr. Nicol's | I returned by the coast, through Nairn, chat and the jogging of the chaise would Forres, and so on, to Aberdeen, thence to allow. It eases ny heart a good deal, as Stonehive (42), where James Burness, from rhyme is the coin with which a poet pays his Montrose, met nie by appointment. I spent debts of honour or gratitude. What I owe two days among our relations, and found our to the noble family of Athole, of the first aunts, Jean and Isabel, still alive, and hale kind, I shail ever proudly boast--what I owe old women. John Caird, though born the of the last, so help me God in my hour of same year with our father, walks as vigorously need! I shall never forget.

as I can ;--they have had several letters from The « little angel-band !” I declare I his son in New York. William Brand is prayed for them very sincerely to-day at the likewise a stout old fellow; but further Fall of Fyers. I shall never forget the fine particulars I delay till I see you, which will family-piece I saw at Blair; the amiable, be in two or three weeks. The rest of my the truly noble duchess (40), with her smiling stages are not worth rehearsing; warm as I little seraph in her lap, at the head of the was from Ossian's country, where I had seen table--the lovely “olire plants," as the his very grare, what cared I for fishing-towns Hebrew bard finely says, round the happy or fertile carses? I slept at the famous mother—the beautiful Mrs. G-, the lovely, Brodie of Brodie's one night, and dined at sweet Miss C., &c., I wish I had the powers Gordon Castle next day, with the duke, of Guido to do them justice! My Lord duchess, and family. I am thinking to cause Duke's kind hospitality-markedly kind in my old mare to meet me, by means of John deed :-Mr. Graham of Fintry's charms of Ronald, at Glasgow; but you shall hear conversation-Sir W.Murray's friendship: farther from me before I leave Edinburgh,

My duty and many compliments from the agreeable company, raises an honest glow in north to my mother; and my brotherly my bosom.

R. B. compliments to the rest. I have been trying

for a berth for William, but am not likely to
be successful. Farewell.

R. B.
Edinburgh, 17th September, 1787.

NO. LXVI. MY DEAR BROTHER.--I arrived here TO MISS MARGARET CHALMERS. (43) safe yesterday evening, after a tour of twenty-two days, and travelling near 600

Sept. 26, 1787. miles, windings included. My farthest I SEND Charlotte the first number of the stretch was about ten miles beyond Inver- songs; I would not wait for the second ness. I went through the heart of the number; I hate delays in little marks of Highlands by Crief, Taymouth, the famous friendship, as I hate dissimulation in the seat of Lord Breadalbane, down the Tay, language of the heart. I am determined to

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