In token of the respect and esteem entertained towards His Excellency as the representative of a sister Democracy, extending sympathy and support to the Empire in the cause of freedom, and in recognition of the personal devotion of His Excellency to the promotion of understanding and goodwill between the peoples.
"We often think of Edinburgh at home as the city of the pen and the sword, where soldier and theologian, and poet and author, have added to the wealth and dignity of man. It is said you can not only look out across the distance to the sea from her battlements, but also from office and study window, and that if you drop your eyes to the fields immediately surrounding the city when rainbows arch you over 'you can see clearly in whose fields they have their ending, and can determine whose by right are their pots of gold.' Only a Scotsman could have written that and I fear he came from Glasgow.
In passing from the heavens to possessions I would want you to know that I realise the Scotsman's frugality has little to do with acquisitiveness but much to do with a deep-rooted desire to own himself. Perhaps the greatest issue of the present war is the freedom of the individual in a friendly world in which Christian virtues and moral values are not spurned as decadent and out-moded, a world where honest work is recognised and a man can own himself.
In no time in our history have we had greater need for the generous heart of Robert Burns that moved him to write in homely language the text of democracy."
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