Almost to the day he died, Burns was a prolific letter-writer, regarding the act of correspondence as both an art — the ‘Belle Lettre pursuit’ (CL, 608) — and an intimate means of communication. It all depended on the correspondent. He could write pointedly private letters to cronies like Bob Ainslie and John McMurdo, and he could write formal and highly finished letters to ladies like Mrs Dunlop.
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