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    An Original Autograph Letter Signed by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898, mathematician, logician, and writer most famous for the "Alice" books written under the name of Lewis Carroll). Autograph Letter Signed. Paddington Station, May 25/92. One octavo page written in black ink on the blank verso of a folded Letter Card. Approximately 6.25 x 4.75 inches. On greenish paper, the recto printed in red with address ("Miss S. Scrivener, 39. York Place, Portman Square London") in Dodgson's hand, with ink cancel stamps. Some toning and foxing, the last few letters of the letter (in the lower right corner, including the "D" of Dodgson's initial) a bit faded, else fine. From the collection of Nathan Comfort Starr, with his penciled letter included.
    "My dear Sallie,
    Jealousy between sisters is so undesirable a thing (being bad for the temper, besides turning the complexion green) that I write to you, this time. I am indeed unlucky, always calling after you have gone off for the night - I've been going about with my cousin "Norah O'Neill," + had meant to bring her to see you at 5 ½. But we could not manage it; so I took her to her lodgings, in Pim-Lico, + went off to catch the 6:40 train for Oxford: missed it, + thought I would come on the chance of finding you. I'll try again. Better luck next time. Love to Jessie - Yrs affectionately [?] C. L. D."
    Sallie Scrivener was the daughter of a friend, the actor Joseph Henry Sinclair (real name Scrivener). She was one of the children that Dodgson photographed for his hobby.


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