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Letter from Katherine Mansfield to Mattie Putnam, dated (Friday) December 28 (1906)

“Thank you very much indeed for the ‘Poor Child’—Mattie. I am most grateful—

“Yes—I quite agree that she was—to say the least— page 272 rather a morbid little individual—but to write—she was most fascinating. Never mind—soon I shall write some Poems full of cheerfulness—though to tell you a secret I prefer the others—the tragic pessimism of youth—you see—is as inevitable as the measles!

“I send you the sheet—it ought to read—‘She and the Boy’…and that is all—

“It is so fine to see my children in such an abnormally healthy—clean—tidy condition—

“Thank you for that—

“Yours sincerely

“Kathleen Beauchamp.”