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Letter to P Allen Fraser

6 April 1868

The letter below was written from D O Hill, Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, to the artist P Allen Fraser, living at Hospitalfield House Arbroath.

It covers some business of the Royal Scottish Academy, but ends with a personal comment.

A copy of the original letter is reproduced below.  Please continue to scroll down the page to read a transcription.

 

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Reproduced with acknowledgement to William Payne, Hospitalfield Trust

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Letter from D O Hill to P Allen Fraser  -  6 April 1868  -  Page 2

Reproduced with acknowledgement to William Payne, Hospitalfield Trust

 

Letter to P Allen Fraser

6 April 1868

TRANSCRIPTION

6 April 1868

My Dear Sir

I duly received your kind letter announcing your having sent for presentation to the Academy, an unfinished portrait by our late . friend, John Phillip R.E. (?), and I have since been informed by the clerk of the Academy that it has arrived safely.  I have not been out of my house for five weeks past with a cold and have not yet seen the pictures, but you may depend (?) that it will be submitted to the Council and presented in due form at their first meeting.  I told the clerk to return the case to your address.

I regret to tell you . the accounts on Saturday of the health of your friend our esteemed Treasurer, were far from satisfactory.  I am rapidly gaining strength.

Mrs Hill joins me in best regards.  Expecting to (?) soon (?) again to (?)  with you.

 I am always yours faithfully.

P Allan Fraser Esq.                                                                                  D.O. Hill

P.T.O.

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P.S.  You will be glad to know that the Exhibition has been very popular and the amount recd from visitors and from sales being very considerably in excess of those of the same number of days of last year.  I regret that I have seen very little of it my late bronchial attack having been troublesome, and keeping me almost constantly a prisoner.  I trust your own health is good.

Let me (?) apologise for having been (?) a great defaulter (?) in failing on not a few occasions to offer you my grateful thanks for remembering us in the distribution of your game.  Do you still shoot in Glenshee -  . a place.  I should have visited long ago and trust will do this season;  the birthplace of my dear mother from whom I used to hear many legends connected with the glen.

D.O.H

 

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