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Lot 63
[DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE (1832-1898, 'Lewis Carroll', author and mathematician)
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[DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE (1832-1898, 'Lewis Carroll', author and mathematician)

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  • The entry for Dodgson is on page 245 dated 17 June 1856 giving his name as 'C.L. Dodgson Esqr Croft' with instructions that the remedy (specified) 'be rubbed into the Orifice, and in front of each ear twice daily.' The prescribing physician is named as J. Toynbee, that is Joseph Toynbee (1815-1866), one of the greatest aural doctors of the nineteenth century. The published Diaries of Lewis Carroll, 1953, include as part of the entry for 18 June 1856: '...Called on Mr. Toynbee, the aurist...' At a later date he consulted William Harvey (1807?-1876).

    As a child Dodgson suffered some deafness as a result of what his mother described as 'infantile fever.' He lost the hearing in his right ear entirely as a result of contracting mumps at Rugby in 1848. The wife of a Christ Church colleague who was also deaf in one ear reminisced many years later about her walks with Dodgson, 'he talking all the way, and that is where the ear trouble comes in!...I should have walked with my "good"ear to him; but no! his "bad" ear was also the right one, and if I managed for a little to dodge round and get on the side I wanted, he always circumvented me, and it would end up in me giving up the struggle, and returning home with a crick in my neck from twisting my head round to bring my hearing into play...' In public places he always selected the extreme right of the auditorium. (The Letters of Lewis Carroll, edited by Morton N. Cohen, volume I, p. 156).

    Peter F. Walker has written about the connection between Dodgson's deafness and his imaginative use of words and language ('Ali Swear', Jabberwocky, Summer 1957, pp. 75-77).

    Entries for the Dodgson family occur on page 6 (Miss A[my] Dodgson, Charles's cousin); page 177 (Rev. C. Dodgson, Charles's father); page 153 (Wilfred, Charles's brother); pages 171 and 222 (his sister Elizabeth); and page 244 (Miss Sarah Dodgson of Stubb House).
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