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Campbell, Thomas

A note of farewell from Burns to Campbell, dated, 'Mr J Merry's, New Cumnock, Saturday morn: 19th Aug., 1786' is the only record of friendship between the two men, to survive. Burns says: 'I have met with few men in my life whom I more wished to see again than you and Chance seems industrious to disappoint me of that pleasure. I came here yesterday fully resolved to see you... but a conjecture of circumstances conspired against me. Having an opportunity of sending you a line, I joyfully embraced it. It is perhaps the last mark of our friendship you can receive from me on this side of the Atlantic. Farewel! May you be happy up to the wishes of parting Friendship!'

Campbell owned the small estate of Pencloe in Glen Afton, about 2 miles from New Cumnock Kirk.

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