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Letter from J M Barrie to Mrs Oliver

I was very glad to have your kind letter about Peter ... I have been seeing a good deal of Peter's lady of course and like her very much and they are both very happy. The event is one I have long hoped for and when it is accomplished I suppose I shall feel that my task is over and, as Henley wrote, the long day done.... six feet three inches -- if I had really grown to this it would have made a great difference in my life. I would not have bothered turning out reels of printed matter. My one aim would have been to become a favourite of the ladies which between you and me has always been my sorrowful ambition. The things I could have said to them if my legs had been longer. Read that with the bitter cry to Fred and watch a complacent smile spread over his countenance.