September 3, 1895, page 1

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Beatrix Potter

Autograph letter signed, Windermere, to Noel Moore, September 3, 1895

September 3, 1895

Gift of Colonel David McC. McKell, 1959

MA 2009.6

This letter contains two self-caricatures. One shows Potter contemplating the awful prospect of a ladder she would have to climb to view a roost of pigeons. In the other she is walking a rambunctious Peter Rabbit on a leash. An earlier letter to Noel contains a sketch of Peter's predecessor, Benjamin Bouncer, on a similar outing with a collar and a lead. She often sketched herself in her letters for humorous effect and included two notional self-portraits in her books, one in The Roly-Poly Pudding and another in The Tale of Pigling Bland.


My dear Noël,

I was so glad to get your nice little letter and to hear that you can walk about again. I hope you are having finer weather, it has been so wet here.

This is a tent near Skelwith bridge in a