when I know more and have though〈t〉 a little more, to give you my ideas of the difference between the scotch and irish1--The two Irishmen I mentioned were speaking of their treatment in England when the Weaver said--'Ah you were a civil Man but I was a drinker' Remember me to all--I intend writing to Haslam--but dont tell him for fear I should delay--We left a notice at Portpatrick that our Letters should be thence forwarded to Glasgow-- Our quick return from Ireland will occasion our passing Glasgow sooner than we thought--so till further notice you must direct to Inverness
Your most affectionate Brother John--
Remember me to the Bentleys
Address: Mr J H Reynolds ∣ Little Britain ∣ Christs Hospital ∣ London.
Postmark: not recorded.
Maybole July 11
My Dear Reynolds.
I'll not run over the ground we have passed, that would be merely as bad as telling a dream--unless perhaps I do it in the manner of the Laputan printing press--that is I put down Mountains, Rivers Lakes, dells, Glens, Rocks, and Clouds, with beautiful enchanting, Gothic picturesque fine, delightful, enchanting, Grand, sublime-- a few Blisters, &c.--and now you have our journey thus far: where I begin a letter to you because I am approaching Burns's Cottage very fast-We have made continual enquiries from the time we saw his Tomb at Dumfries-- his name of course is known all about--his great reputation among the plodding people is "that he wrote a good mony sensible things"--One of the pleasantest means of annulling self is approaching such a shrine as the Cottage of Burns--we need not think of his misery--that is all gone--bad luck to it--I shall look upon it hereafter with unmixed pleasure as I do upon my Stratford on Avon day with Bailey.2 I shall fill this sheet for you in the Bardie's____________________