I requested a LOR from my old MA advisor with whom I did an independent research seminar. They asked me to send them my SOP, which I stated was a rough draft. I received an email back saying that I didn't even mention any specific authors, that I would be better off going for a different PhD program, and saying that the program may not even take me on a student.
The program she is saying I am better off in I have no interest in what so ever. I told her that my SOP was a very rough draft, and the History PhD program I am applying to specifically state that you do not need an undergraduate degree in that.
I have a BA in an "areas studies" related to my PhD interest area and I have an MA in a foreign language also related to my research interest in the PhD. I have already even spoken to a potential advisor and sent them my CV. They expressed interest in me, stating I would be a good fit and wants to meet on zoom.
I found the email from my old advisor really discouraging as it makes it seem like they dont have confidence in my ability. I am thinking of just not responding to the email and asking a previous colleague in my program, who holds two MA degrees in adjacent fields whom I researched with and who is now a professor at a university for my last LOR that I need.
Any thoughts on all of this?