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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 11 verso

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    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 7 April 1834

    See summary at 11r

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    be there, to the gloom that was there. Our friendship was based on broad & enduring principles, that which made us one to the other ever remains, cannot pass away. We have much to do for each other. I must be your Friend, you will remain mine. I reflect much & often with feelings to which words are unequal on the benefits of our intercourse. I cannot calculate them, at every turn of recollection there is found some good, practised or revived or enforced or cultivated for or by you. For you John I was what you found me. For you I will be what I will be. – Let the testimony I bear to your good friendship preserve, as you once said mine inspired you with it, your self-respect, it was the breath which made you live, it is the breath [which – crossed out] without which you cannot live. Few even of the few noble, have in the offices & exercises of that noble relationship in which we have stood, been instrumental to so much benefit as yourself. – Yet few [who – crossed out] of the few who have such minds as that you possess, have more to do than you have now. Both these considerations bind me to you, the duty not less grateful than the gratitude is sincere.
    It was one evening in the Autumn of 1831, that a sunset of peculiar beauty, to which you have associated recollections

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 7 April 1834