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Aberdeen Magazine Or Universal Repository (Newspaper) - November 1, 1796, London, Middlesex THE ABERDEEN MAGAZINE: OR, UNIVERSAL REPQSirORr^ f6r NOVEMBER 1796. Further Particulars of Mr. BURNS, I have frequently heard Burns himferf by a Gentleman who had the pleafure make ufe of,) God forbid 1 fhould, of being intimately acquained with him, any more than the generality of other people, affume the flattering and pe- IT is not likely that the extin&ion culiar privilege of fitting upon his jury, of a fpirit like the late Robert But the intimacy of our acquaintance, Burns mould be unattended with a va- for feveral years paft, may perhaps riety of pofthumous anecdotes, me- juftify my prefenting to the public a moirs, &c. relative to the very rare few of the ideas and observations I and uncommon perfonage whom itani- have had the opportunities of forming, mated. I mail not attempt to inlift and which to the day that clofed for with the voluminous corps of jbiogra- ever the fcene of his happy qualities phers, who, it is probable may, with- and of his errors, I have never had out pofieffing his genius, arrogate to the fmalleft caufe to deviate in or to themfelves the privilege of criticifing recall. the character or writings of Mr. Burns. It will be the misfortune of Burns's " The infpired mantle" thrown over reputation in the records of literature, him by that tutelary mufe who firft not only to future generations and to found him, like the prophet Elifha, foreign countries, but even with his " at his plough*," has been the por- native Scotland and a number of his tion of a few, may be the portion of cotemporaries, that he has been re-fewer ftill; and if it is true that men garded as a poet, and nothing but a of genius have a claim in their literal poet. It mult not be fuppofed that I capacities to the legal rights of the cqnfider this title as a rival one j no Britifti citizen in a court of juftice, perfon can be more penetrated with that of being " tried only by.their the refpeft due to the wreath beftow-Peers," (I borrow here an expreflon ed-by the Mules- than myfeff; and much * w The poetic genius of my country found me as the prophetic bard Elijah did Eliiha, at the plough; and threw her infpiring mantle over me. She bade me fiog the loves, the joy*, the rural fcencs and rural pleafures of my natal foil, in my native tongue," &c. Burns* Prefatory Addrefs to the JfoMemcn and Gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt. y % N
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