The Poet’s Pride, p.99.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

IN a characteristic letter addressed to Clarinda, bearing date 25th June, 1794, the bard refers to his old friend Ainslie as having become distant in his manner, and then refers to his own pride in the following words:- 

“Though fame does not blow her trumpet at my approach now, as she did then, when he (Ainslie) first honoured me with his friendship, yet I am as proud as ever, and, when I am laid in my grave, I wish to be stretched at my full length that I may occupy every inch of ground I have a right to.” 

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