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Letter of Robert Burns to Captain Richard Brown, dated Mauchline, 7th March 1788 - side 2

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Letter of Robert Burns to Captain Richard Brown, dated Mauchline, 7th March 1788 - side 2

Introduction:
Letter written at Mossgeil farm, Mauchline. Burns writes to his 'Dear friend', having been in England. (Letter 220)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT143B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Captain Richard Brown, dated Mauchline, 7th March 1788 - side 2
Subject:
Letter written in answer to a letter of 28 February.
Who:
Richard Brown (1753-1833) (friend of Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (author)
Jean Armour (1767-1834) (wife of Robert Burns)
When:
7 March 1788 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Letter written in answer to a letter of 28 February.
Description:
This page reads from 'geometrical minds' to 'Weden:'. Burns explains his philosophy on the human condition. For him, 'the truest auxiliary in the warfare of the world' is not 'reason' belonging to 'Men of grave geometrical minds', rather 'an honest passion, or native instinct'. Reason, for Burns, in the use of simile as 'an unlucky wife to a poor devil of a husband' is there, only 'to add her reproaches to his other grievances. -'. Burns describes Jean's condition (heavily pregnant) in maritime allegory - 'cargo', 'moored', 'Harbour', and 'unload'. Burns also reveals he has been reading Shakespeare in his quotation from Othello, and this page closes with the Poet's plans, 'I go for Edin' on Monday' and tells Brown when to expect the Directory.