Rare Beatrix Potter letter was sent to the Mayor of Kendal
The letter, dated August 30, 1937, was sent to the Mayor of Kendal, was subsequently folded up and tucked away in a draw.
Mayor Henry Airey's great-grandson has now decided to put it up for auction.
It is tipped to sell for £1,500.
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David Brookes, valuer at 1818 Auctioneers in Cumbria which is auctioning off the letter, said: "The two-sided letter is a delight to read.
It is quite rare for a letter to survive all these years so it has a great social history element to it
David Brookes – Valuer at 1818 Auctioneers
“It is full of wit and reinforces Beatrix Potter's passion for and commitment to preserving local skills and traditions.
“It is quite rare for a letter to survive all these years so it has a great social history element to it.”
Potter known around the world for her classic books which included the Tale of Peter Rabbit, was 71-years-old at the time of writing the letter to the Mayor.
Potter lived most of her life in the Lake District, where she was inspired to write her books
Beatrix Potter letter to the Mayor of Kendal
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She lived most of her life in the Lake District and it was here that she was inspired to write her books.
In the letter, she congratulates the mayor on a speech he gave to celebrate Kendal securing Henry VIII's sixth wife Catherine Parr's prayer book.
She also shares her plans for a loom she purchased that day.
Potter goes on to discuss the loom which she bought off a widow and was the last working loom in the town.
She seeks to reassure the mayor by telling him 'I will not take away a relic of Kendal without telling you'.
A copy of Catherine Parr's prayer book presented to the Mayor of Kendal, Henry Airey
She then shares her plans for the loom, revealing that it would not go to Kendal museum, which she described as 'a dreary jumble of stuffed birds and sundries'.
Potter concludes her letter by saying they are both 'sentimental antiquarians'.
Also included in the auction is a copy of the prayer book and photographs of the ceremony where it was presented to the mayor by the writer Hugh Walpole.
Brookes said: ”Given the mayor's successful efforts to secure Queen Katherine Parr's Book of Devotion we can understand why she wanted to reassure him of her motives regarding Kendal's last working loom.”
"The letter has been in the family of the original recipient but they have now decided to sell it.
"It has been folded up and kept tucked away in a drawer so the owner perhaps didn't realise its full potential." Potter was a celebrated English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals.
Potter’s most famous book, The Tale of Petter Rabbit, has sold 45 million copies
Potter’s most famous book, The Tale of Petter Rabbit (1902), has been translated into 36 languages and sold 45 million copies.
After her death in 1943, she left her 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust on the condition her favourite home, Hill Top at Sawrey, in the Lake District, was opened to the public and left unchanged.
The auction takes place on Monday.
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