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A pair of very good letters written from Beatrix Potter to Millie Warne, the daughter of her publisher Frederick Warne, and a close friend.
The first is written in April 1912; the second in May 1914, shortly after the death of Beatrix's father Rupert Potter. The second letter make reference to a new book that she must make 'a desperate effort' with; 'the coloured pictures' for, which she believes 'would not take long.' The book in question must be 'The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots' for which she only ever completed a frontispiece - though the text was written; eventually abandoning the work altogether. The first letter is signed Beatrix Potter, the second, having married William Heelis in 1913, is signed Beatrix Heelis.Both letters have their original hand-written and stamped envelopes.--------------------------April 1. 12.2 Bolton Gardens S. W.My dear Millie,I was very glad to hear from you - I hadn't heard any news for some time. I only saw Mr Herring last time I went to Bedford St, and the time before that, there was only time for business. If I don't go away I may see you before you leave for Bridport. I am at present in the unsettled state of having ordered a cab tomorrow morning - deferred from this morning - and being still very uncertain if I shall start - I have not been to the farm for 2 months, which is longer than it is desirable to leave things - but between the coal strike & my father being out of sorts - it has been impossible to be sure of anything., I do not believe he is seriously unwell, but as he refuses to have the doctor it is difficult to judge.I should think travelling won't be a joy this Easter; there are still very few trains on the northern lines. And I quite expect to hear that there is snow again in the north. It seems a pity if your nice little house stands empty - there is just one consolation - that good caretakers are better than carless tenants, some people break things so; and it is difficult to put things away or lock them up in a London house - unless it is an old fashioned house with cupboards like Bedford Square. I trust Bob will escape the German measles, what a bother! It was mumps or whooping cough last year, I think.I have has some rather squashy daffodils from Sawrey, I am afraid that nice warm week brought things out too soon. The country will be looking pretty in another fortnight. I shall be glad to get there - in the course of time!I remain yrs aff.Beatrix Potter.----------------------------------May 19. 14 Sawrey Ambleside.My dear Milly, Thank you for your kind letter and also Harold and Alice, I would have written sooner, but there are so very many to write, & my mother cannot undertake it. She came here with me on Friday & is well, but very quiet & tired. I have been no means well, I managed to keep up the last ten days, but could not go to the funeral, I don't think I have had a cold, but such a very bad throat & earache, I can't get rid of it. I am going to have our Ambleside doctor, he set me right last spring.My father died peacefully, at the last he was scarcely conscious, but before then it was a miserable illness; and his mind being so clear, seemed to make it more sad. He was very patient of his discomfort, & his trials were great. It was a merciful release when the end came.The country is looking beautiful, but rather needing rain, I never saw the lilacs so full of flower. It is delightfully warm in the sun; but I choke & cough, & Wm. hops out of bed & applies all manner of poultices & plaisters, perhaps too many contradictory sorts!I think my mother looks better for the change, but she will miss him dreadfully, they had been so constantly together & with few outside interests.I shall have to make a desperate effort at the book presently, I do not think the coloured pictures would take long. It has been impossible to do more than I have done up to now: a more tiring trying time.I remain with love yrs affBeatrix Heelis.
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