A two- page letter of reference, written on black edged mourning paper, from Beatrix Potter to an unknown recipient concerning Benjamin Dawson the gardener of Beatrix’s mother, Mrs Rupert Potter, at Lindeth How, Storrs, Windermere. Beatrix Potter’s mother died in 1932 at the age of 93 and Beatrix supplied references for all the staff that required them. ‘Castle Cottage Sawrey, Nr Ambleside March 25. 33. I have much pleasure in giving an excellent character to Benjmin Dawson. He was for 9 years in the service of my mother the late Mrs Rupert Potter at Lindeth How, Storrs, Windermere, and he has now left as the house is closed. He has been accustomed to herbaceous borders, some bedding out, green house, peach house, early vegetables, and the use of the motor lawn mower. He also understands, and has managed the central heating of the house. Mrs Potter had a high opinion of Ben’s usefulness - he is a thoroughly reliable man, and strong in health. H. B. Heelis (Mrs W. Heelis.)’ Some light foxing; else very good. This letter, with some differences in sentence construction, is quoted in full, together with a photograph of Benjamin Dawson in Judy Taylor’s Beatrix Potter’s Letters, A Selection. And partly, together with the same photograph, in Taylor’s Beatrix Potter Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman.
1932. This item is subject to VAT @ 20%.
Book ID: 13480
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