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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 34 recto

  • Description

    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 8 November 1834

    Dixon has the opportunity of sending a letter with Freeman [see fol. 15r]. He has dined with the Brightwens of Yarmouth [Dawson Turner's daughter was the wife of John Brightwen: Kitson, pp. 89, 262]. He reports that Miss [Jane] Worship and two other young ladies wished to become JJC's pupils. Dixon remembers fondly the Saturday evenings he used to spend with JJC and hopes the latter will return. Dixon went to Yarmouth in a 'freak' (= fiacre?), i.e. Lound's gig, and swam in the sea. Geldart was painting a portrait; he is expected to return to Norwich. Dixon has seen Mrs Cotman, who was better.

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    [Note added in pencil by Kitson:
    Jane Worship [?]
    "Brightwen" & "Trowse Eye"

    Norwich Nov. 8th 1834

    My dear John
    I have just heard of an opportunity of forwarding a line to you, just as I was about to lay out a few minutes with you after my Saturday was done. One thing I had to communicate which having recorded would have waited for some tide to come to you. Freeman leaves Norwich in the morning, so, let it come early or late to you, it comes "hopping to find you in good health as it leaves me at this present".
    I had the pleasure of dining on Tuesday at Brightwens of Yarmouth, with that very kind and most charming woman Mrs Brightwen – her reception of me was one of the most pleasing I ever met with, and there is one to match it for you when you go, for go you must. We talked of you and nothing else. Mr Brightwen is full of goodwill and desire to be of service to you. – A young lady at table said that Miss Worship would become your Pupil directly and she mentioned two other young Ladies who would also. There appears good reason to hope, nay, to reckon on the building a very good connexion there, which would be very pleasant – no doubt, capital! Although, my

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 8 November 1834