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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 39 recto

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    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 10 December 1834

    See summary at 38r

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    breathe such damping chills upon the brighter picture before us. I cannot promise, now that you have seen "the world", and better men, that I am the man you would choose for your Friend, but I promise you, I am the same, yesterday today & for ever.
    Do you hope to see me when you come to Norwich? or are you so engrossed with the business of the return that I am forgotten. – I received yours with much pleasure of the 5th. – Why I wrote not immediately, beleive [sic] me dear John, I had some accounts to write and do, & you know I always hate them, necessary evils, but they make one's head ache most consumedly, & I thought my groans would to you be any thing but amusing – besides I'm parish Clerk and Sexton, Overseer or what you call it? – and have sundry "applications". We call meetings and all that, & there I have a huge staff, and a great blue coat with yellow edging lace an inch in width at least, all so fine you can't think. Some of my colleagues were whigs [sic]. I think them very unbecoming to me, so eschew wigs, I amatory.
    Judge my dear John of the brightness of him, the coruscations of whose wit are so brilliant. Never mind, give a good account of yourself, and it will do my heart good. – Walter wants to know (your private information will oblige) whether he is to return immediately to London when his Father

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 10 December 1834