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    Beatrix Potter Autograph Letter Signed "Beatrix Heelis." Two pages, 6" x 8", Castle Cottage, Sawry; April 13, 1941. Potter writes to her friend Maggie Ellery about the war and her personal life. Reading in part:

    "...Time slips away so fast, I feel ashamed when I wait so long, neglecting old friends who find pleasure in seeing me again. I ought to have come before. Lottie's house has sold quickly - she told Mr. Heelis she would try to sell up and move out in a fortnight. She intends to go to Doncaster for a good rest and change. I should think it is likely she will settle to live near her sisters if she takes a situation again...This is a good spring rain for lambs and grass, though not warm yet. I do hope you will soon feel stronger; there is nothing for it but rest, and patience - The news is very anxious - it looks like a long war, and terrible fighting. When the Germans conquer another country to eat up - it helps them to last a while longer - Their time will come..."

    The letter is accompanied by a letter to a Miss Mills from Potter's husband, William Heelis, dated April 8, 1939 just after returning from the hospital following Beatrix Potter's hysterectomy operation. He reported that his wife "had a good night except for a troublesome 'cough'. She just had porridge for breakfast..."

    Condition: Flattened mail folds with dark toning. Soiling and foxing throughout. Some separations starting at the folds. Small amount of paper loss at the lower left corner.

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    April, 2020
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