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Arthur Dixon letters

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/1
Page: 41 recto

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    Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 26 July 1835

    See summary at 40r

    Date: 1835

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    barge for a small boat which they upset & all met a watery grave. This was by Postwick on Tuesday afternoon – about the same time a young fellow was bathing here by White Friars Bridge & sticking his head in the mud or striking it against a stone, was done to death, leaving a wife & two small children. These four drownings all occurred one afternoon – the latter was a first rate swimmer. – "While I touch the string wreathe thy brows with laurel" You know what Tom Moore says. – I have sent your gloves by Shickle & Towler, & will forward your linen &c by [?] mail (Ipswich) tomorrow Saturday so that you will [get] or send [for] it on Sunday morning. I shall direct to Mr Co[tman?] to be ca[ll]ed for. I fancy it will save you two shillings – [if] I mistake you must let me know your wishes in future. What can I send you from Norwich? – I do not cease to think of you, – but seem to think & live so uselessly. I fancy I might cease to do both & no soul here would miss me. I feel more than ever, my interests are concentred, & that now I am entirely entirely alone. Write to me, but not much, only to tell me you are well. – It shall be a pledge to me that some one & the best one & the only one thinks of me. If you are enjoying a happy visit & find lots to interest you make as long a stay as you are tempted. – I only wonder now you are away how I or you could have done in this horrid empty place. – Theres not one soul in it. – I have business

Letter of Arthur Dixon to John Joseph Cotman, 26 July 1835