Fine content typed letter signed with drawing and manuscript notes in ink. 11" x 8.5". The original sheet, typed on brittle heavily toned paper, is in two pieces with some loss of content at the mid-section, and has been expertly affixed to a larger sheet. "Friday 12pm", no date. In full: "Dear William - I am sending you some rabbit stew, I am sorry its all a little mixed up, but I think it will fit. I am a little tired I have this wee- C written a story for D written a piece for Vogue - E done this work, F and visited Screwball Manor once - Is there a room and bed free up at McKelways? please have them take me away, I'll come quietly. regards, and see you Monday - Ludwig". The letters listing his week's activities, the 'm' in "I am a little tired", and the 'M' in "Monday" are written in ink. A charming drawing, also in ink, is found at top: two nude rabbits, a male and female, relax with wine and something perhaps more illicit in the form of a syringe. *McKelways' may refer to St. Clair McKelway, a writer and editor at The New Yorker.
Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was an Austrian-American writer and illustrator best remembered as the creator of the beloved Madeline children's books.