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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 30 recto

  • Description

    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 27 September 1834

    Although Dixon has not written for a few days, he thinks continually of JJC. Dixon has seen much of Thorndike (he quotes from Auld Lang Syne), and Thorndike often asks after JJC. They walked with Geldart to the camp of Venta Icenorum [at Caistor St Edmund]. Sam stayed at Thorpe so that Geldart could make a sketch of him; it proved an excellent likeness. Thorndike will travel to Yarmouth and then to Ipswich. Dixon has no news of Mrs Cotman at St Stephen's Terrace. Edmund closed the house at St Martin at Palace Plain. Miller [Dixon's employee?] is unwell.

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    [Note added in pencil by Kitson:
    J.S.C (12) (13)
    X Leavens
    St Martins Palace]

    Norwich Sept 27, 1834
    My dear John
    When I wrote to you last Monday I promised myself the pleasure of soon again conversing with you. I have day to day regretted that something or other has withheld me. And here is Saturday come, and we have not greeted each other. Beleive [sic] me though, John, I have much & often thought of you with all that pleasure which accompanies the kindliest feelings of our nature, and which is always associated with the scenes through which we have often together wandered, and with the recollections of that communion which amongst them we enjoyed. Thorndike as you may suppose has engrossed completely all the times which I could take from business and we have wandered "mony a weary fit". He often asks about you, and as I, wherever I go, am continually thinking about you, and am rather taciturn as you may remember, he has made me start out of many a reverie almost to make me believe me by his questions about you that he

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 27 September 1834