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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 21 verso

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    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 28 August 1834

    See summary at 21r

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    the clouds. I fancy I can see as clearly as your note conceals it, that you are not happy. In other words you are not well. I foreboded this. I knew it must, but I know that you may, must, & certainly will, be pretty comfortable where you are. Keep up the springiness & pass a happy time for three or four months to come, tis but that & no more. Keep well my dear Boy & then we'll nurse you here & cherish you, & before we go to the Cliffs again you shall have forgotten all these farings. I want little or nothing to make me happy but to hear that my dear friend is so, in the anticipation of your coming at the end of a certain period to be the happy sun of our little world here, and one for whom my best affections preserve their glow. I enjoy an elastic expectancy that keeps me always from sinking, & makes me do well and happily through Heavens knows a sad bout of botherations. I [hope - crossed out] wish I may be wrong in my conjectures, or should I have [grasped? - crossed out] read you aright in your short communications, that the mental function, more than the bodily may be depressed, because you are in a situation tolerably well adapted for their regulation recreation and strength. Are there any Books I can send you. I have most of [the - crossed out] our English worthies

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 28 August 1834