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11 Reasons Beatrix Potter Was The Most Charming Pen Pal Ever

The author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit wrote charming illustrated letters. In honor of her 147th birthday, here are some selections from her correspondence with Noel Moore between 1892 and 1900, courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum.

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1. She describes the real Peter Rabbit. Not one to be fettered by reality, she then draws a picture of rabbits throwing snowballs.

"My rabbit Peter is so lazy": maybe the most adorable independent clause in any letter, ever.

2. She writes about feeding buns to elephants, and about not being allowed to feed the ostriches because "a naughty boy gave them old gloves + made them ill."

Presumably, that drawing towards the middle is a drawing of a naughty boy feeding old gloves to an ostrich.


9. And, like all the better pen pals, she is not too proud to admit she's offended when a dog named Stumpy snubs her.

"He is such a polite grave gentleman, but so proud! I meet him out shopping in the morning, he looks at me sideways but he never speaks."