The Cotman Collection | 187

The Cotman Letters 1838-1864

Archive: SDK Sydney Decimus Kitson Archive
Reference Number: SDK/1/3/1/5
Page: 187

  • Description

    Letter of John Sell Cotman to Dawson Turner, 3 September 1841


  • Transcription

    (3. 9. '41)
    (4) 187

    intoxicated (see the police reports.) Poor fellow, he never was
    so in his life - or even had the least propensity to it. Quite
    the reverse. The Magistrate saw the whole matter as it
    was, & he was kindly treated, and I have every reason
    to be satisfied with the working of the system. I have
    felt this time, alas, more than once - in my son's situation.
    If you have a Bible with the Apocryphal Books in it, of
    little value, pray give me it for my son. He is constantly
    craving for one. The one he has does not satisfy him.
    Poor fellow, it is rarely out of his hand. This and his
    imagining himself a German prince, with the
    perpetual love of doing good, are the main points
    of his aberration.