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DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE. Autograph letter signed ("C.L. Dodgson") to Mrs. Kitchin, with an 8 line poem. Oxford, 24 February 1856. 2 pages, 8vo, folded for mailing. [With]: COHEN, MORTON N., editor. Lewis Carroll and the Kitchins. Containing Twenty-five Letters not Previously Published and Nineteen of his Photographs. New York: Argosy, 1980. 4to, original quarter calf; slipcase. LIMITED EDITION, number III of XXIV copies with an autograph letter laid in, of an total edition of 793 copies.

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DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE. Autograph letter signed ("C.L. Dodgson") to Mrs. Kitchin, with an 8 line poem. Oxford, 24 February 1856. 2 pages, 8vo, folded for mailing. [With]: COHEN, MORTON N., editor. Lewis Carroll and the Kitchins. Containing Twenty-five Letters not Previously Published and Nineteen of his Photographs. New York: Argosy, 1980. 4to, original quarter calf; slipcase. LIMITED EDITION, number III of XXIV copies with an autograph letter laid in, of an total edition of 793 copies.

"IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE!"

"Dear Mrs. Kitchin, Usually, if I write a charade on a young lady's name, I give a copy to the subject thereof -- or to her mother. In the present case (having some theoretical notions as to the effects of dynamite and gun-cotton) I dare not. So I make you my sole confidante. I met Mr. O., and Atty, on my staircase a day or two ago, and shook hands with her and interchanged a remark on the weather with him. A sort of 'armed peace,' I take it. Sincerely yours, C.L. Dodgson."

He adds at the end the following verse:

"T.O.:
My First heads all atrocity heartrending: My Next to finish it is ever tending: My third in Town its merry life is spending: My Fourth is the beginning of an ending. / My Whole is one of those perplexing misses, Where looks of Youth encourage friendly kisses, And yet where Age is sober fact, and this is Destruction to such transitory blisses!"
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