I am honoured by your beautiful verses, and beg your acceptance of my most respectful thanks. You do me great honour in supposing me able to celebrate a nation in which I am so much interested as Ireland. Whether I shall ever strike the harp again my graver occupations render very doubtful; but, should it so happen, I will not fail to consider carefully the hint you have favoured me with, especially should it ever be in my power to visit Ireland. From the mode of dating your letter, I conclude I am addressing a lady of a religious profession for whose simplicity of manners and purity of morals I have had from infancy the most deep respect, and which adds to the sense of obligation with which I subscribe myself
Your honoured and very humble servant,
Edinburgh, 12th March, 1812.