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Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
utograph letter signed, London, to Noel Moore, February 4, 1895
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I wonder if your pussycat has learned to catch mice yet. I think it would rather lap milk, it is too fine to work like a common cat.

These mice are getting away down a hole.

I wonder if those dolls have any hair still & whether they have eaten all those nice sausages.

I remain with love yrs aff.
Beatrix Potter

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



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