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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 18 recto

  • Description

    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 14 June 1834

    See summary at 17r

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    tell his beads, and is I think going through the probationary necessaries – & now to some business. So look as flat as if you had met with a refusal. Pray my dear John is it feasible that your Papa would now find up advance & pay down, a passage to Switzerland for your Brother Alfred, with £25 for a years pay which is half Ryffels annual terms, & so send the boy, to his making, if it were begun as I describe & in no other way. I see bright & just hope that it might well be continued if you thought fit afterwards. A young Lady has just been discovered in a cleft of a rock, she had been there fifteen years without either food or raiment, to be seen alive! — I should have much to say to you [did I know what - crossed out] would you but wind me up. The boon you gave me an opportunity of asking of you - (for the difficulty of access to you is, but for your generosity in this case, nearly insuperable -) is not to be asked, as I cannot find in my heart, the title deeds, so that my conscience would never leave me in quiet possession, – but that you may not be looking about your propertys [sic] I will tell you that I had my eye on a certain piece of plate John Cotman had worn some time, long enough to give it much value in Arthur Dixon eyes. There let it end. – Geldart sketching & painting away and

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 14 June 1834