Miniature Letter (c. 1907)
c1907. Miniature manuscript letter (45x90mm) written by Beatrix Potter and sent to Lucie Carr, the dedicatee of "The Pie and the Patty Pan". Folded into self-envelope, addressed on the outside to "Mrs Duchess, Belle Green" and over printed "An answer will oblige". One edge is gilt, suggesting the Beatrix Potter made use of pre-printed notepaper to fashion these letters. The inside reads "My Dear Duchess, if you are in , will you come to tea this afternoon ? If you are out I will put this in the post and invite Cousin Tabitha Twitchit. There will be a red herring, and the patty pan are all locked up. Yr aff. friend Ribby" After the picture letters in which the author first created her immortal characters, she sent letters, purporting to be from the creatures themselves ( and they did often correspond in the tales) to the children who the recipients and dedicatees of the books. See Judy Taylor "Letters to Children" p113 and Leslie Linder p81 and picture opposite p82 Linder p81.