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My dear Noel,
It is a long time since I have been to see you, but it is too cold to drive with my pony. I shall be very glad when the warm weather comes. I wonder if you have been making a snow-man in the garden? or feeding the sparrows, we have a great many every morning.
In this letter Potter touches on several topics including the winter weather, a pet cat, and the latest antics of Peter Rabbit. She wrote several letters to children with references to Peter and made at least three drawings of him asleep before the fire. She bought Peter in 1892, taught him tricks, took him on summer vacations, sketched him in a multitude of poses, and mourned his loss when he died in 1901: "whatever the limitations of his intellect or outward shortcomings of his fur, and his ears and toes, his disposition was uniformly amiable and his temper unfailingly sweet. An affectionate companion and a quiet friend."
Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
utograph letter signed, London, to Noel Moore, February 4, 1895
Gift of Colonel David McC. McKell, 1959; MA 2009.2