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There is a man in the town who has 3 donk[e]ys dragging a coal cart, but they do not look strong enough. Alice has a little dog called 'Toby', and a big dog called 'Rough'.
I hope your leg is getting better; I should like to see you before I go away again on Saturday, but I have a good deal to do, so I am not sure if I shall find time. I remain with love yrs aff
Potter sent Noel a series of letters with anecdotes about animals she had seen in her travels. Here she reports on a trip to Wales, where she observed the curious conduct of donkeys, dogs, and a pony. Although she was appealing to Noel's interests, she also reveals her likes and dislikes: a life-long passion for antiques and fine old houses as well as a distinct lack of sympathy for a Welsh village she had visited.
Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
Autograph letter signed, London, to Noel Moore, June 4, 1895
Gift of Colonel David McC. McKell, 1959; MA 2009.5