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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 4 verso

  • Description

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

    See summary at 3r

    Date: 1834

  • Transcription

    dans ma mémoire et les regrets qui déchirent mon âme, que d’être à jamais heureux sans ma Julie.” – I had in vain attempted to persuade Geldart to send you by Edmund the studies he has made at the academy & at home since you left, – but as he had vacated his domains at Thorpe, the drawings appeared in the distance so bewitchingly left about so temptingly at my disposal piled in his studio that fancying your gratification & certified of a collateral benefit which must arise to you in the contemplation of the fruits of this determined industry, the Daemon of impudence & mad freaks jerks me by the elbow with the most enticing suggestions, & adds to this with the quick return of Edmund through whom they can quickly be reinstated in their place, before much ire can arise in his mind from whom they are I confess most lawlessly taken.
    Geldart is very kind to me. I rejoice in his Friendship towards you. [for I am not – crossed out] You preserve that & you ensure its continuance while you seek your true happiness through the right medium. You ensure them at the same time by one means. But I have done my errand, I have explained the appearance of these drawings. You will enlist Edmund so far as to serve me by bearing me out of this by a sure & safe return of them. Once more, forget any weakness of purpose. I cannot say although perhaps I ought, forget me. – You have cast me a long hours happiness, more than that.
    once more Farewell

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