DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'Lewis Carroll' Autograph letter signed ("C.L. Dodgson"), to Mrs Symonds, Christ Church, 6 November 1891
Lot 29
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'Lewis Carroll'
Autograph letter signed ("C.L. Dodgson"), to Mrs Symonds, Christ Church, 6 November 1891
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,268) inc. premium

Lot Details
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'Lewis Carroll'
Autograph letter signed ("C.L. Dodgson"), to Mrs Symonds, warning her with regard to her kind invitation to tea on Sunday "that Isa is forbidden tea and coffee, & only takes cocoa" which he hopes "won't be troublesome", 1 page, integral blank, 8vo, Christ Church, 6 November 1891

Footnotes

  • LEWIS CARROLL AND THE ACTRESS: in her memoir, The Story of Lewis Carroll, Told for Young People by the Real Alice in Wonderland (1899), Isa Bowman – who had once played Alice on stage – portrayed herself as one of his child friends; but she was in fact thirteen when they met and she was to stay with him, on and off, until she was twenty. He introduced her to Ellen Terry, from whom she received elocution lessons, and dedicated Silvie and Bruno to her. She was eighteen when this letter was written.

    The recipient of the letter appears to be Anne née Dewar (1823-1910), widow of the surgeon Frederick Symonds FRCS of Beaumont Street, Oxford, who had died in 1881 (he being the younger brother of the physician John Addington Symonds, father of his namesake the author). In her memoir, Isa recalls staying with Mrs Symonds on her first visit to Oxford with Carroll: 'they all went off by the Metropolitan Railway, and the two Miss Dymeses got out at their station, and Isa and the A.A.M. ['the Aged Agd Man', i.e. Carroll] went on to Oxford. A kind old lady, called Mrs Symonds, had invited Isa to come and sleep at her house: and she was soon fast asleep, and dreaming that she and little Lord Fauntleroy were going in a steamer down the Falls of Niagara'.

    Only one letter to a member of the family is printed by Morton H. Cohen, The Letters of Lewis Carroll (1979), this being to Miss Symonds and dated 7 June 1883.
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