DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (''Lewis Carroll''). Autograph letter signed (''C. L. Dodgson'') to Collins, Christ Church, Oxford, 16 July 1891. 4 pages, 8vo.
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ("Lewis Carroll"). Autograph letter signed ("C. L. Dodgson") to Collins, Christ Church, Oxford, 16 July 1891. 4 pages, 8vo.
CARROLL TRIES TO GAIN A ROYAL AUDIENCE FOR ONE OF HIS YOUNG CHILD-ACTRESS FRIENDS, AND MENTIONS THE MOST RECENT PRODUCTION OF Alice in Wonmderland. "If (as the newspapers seem to indicate) the Duchess is now staying at Eastbourne, would you kindly call her attention to the fact that my little friend Maggie Bowman is now 'Bootle's Baby' there, & will be till the end of this week. Last year I ventured to ask H.R.H., when the 'Bootle's Baby' company were near Esher, if she could confer on them the distinction of playing 'by command' before her. She wrote very kindly about it, but was unable to do it at that time. Were I at Eastbournes now...I would venture to ask leave to bring Maggie & present her to the Duchess. If you could get hold of the little maiden and do it, it would be a life-long joy to the child! She has now 2 little sisters with her, Nellie (who played Editha in 'Editha's Burglar,' &c &c), and Empoie (who was 'Dormouse' in the last 'Alice' play). Do if you can manage it, present the trio to the Duchess. They are sweet children, & it would delight them more than words can say."