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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 25 recto

  • Description

    Letter [2] of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 1 September 1834

    The dean of Norwich Cathedral has tried to prevent ladies who do not live in the precincts from walking in the cathedral close. Dixon transcribes a notice, purporting to come from the dean, that had been posted in the close and had caused some perplexity among dowagers who mistook it for a circular issued by the dean.

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    [Note added in pencil by Kitson:
    Norwich, Monday 1st Sept. [1834 - added in pencil by Kitson]
    I wrote as long as my paper lasted last night, and perhaps it was fortunate that was circumscribed to half a sheet, for my monotonous course furnished little to relate, and the history of one week would give you the tone of a score – one day I will tell you how one goes exactly, if you will do as much for me. I took this paper to make an envelope for the other. I have something beside to put in it, for through the foolery of a right r[e]v[eren]d gentleman, and the waggery of some Norwich wit, I am furnished with rather a good thing to tell you. The Dean has been lately very particular in enforcing certain restrictions regarding what Ladies should have the privilege of walking the squares of "the Close", and has endeavoured with a good deal of little & illiberal feeling to exclude all those who though not living in the close have from time immemorial been in the habit of walking there & have had keys to admit them, such as Mrs Col[onel?] Collyer, Miss Kitmer [?] and many other ladies, not residing in the precincts, & has gone so far as to prevent even those who do live there from taking a friend into the squares. One of the Wodehouses was thus insulted personally by his reverence while walking with a lady belonging to a high family of the County – he has issued circulars to the effect & each person hitherto enjoying the aforesaid privilege has been served with one of them. Yesterday (Sunday) when all the people came out of the Cathedral, on the trees and over the deanery was posted a handbill of which I give you a faithful copy. Old Dowagers who had heard of the deans Circular, considering they were them might be seen endeavouring to understand it with spectacles on nose, and young dowagers who could read them without spectacles seemed very quickly to comprehend "the meaning of it".
    I give you it on the other side – here I take my leave of you au revoir, Adieu.
    Believe me ever Yours
    Arthur Dixon

Letter [2] of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 1 September 1834