DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE [=CARROLL, LEWIS] Autograph letter signed C. L. Dodgson.
Three pages in dark brown ink on two conjoined leaves, dated Aug. 21 91, from 7 Lushington Road, Oxford, addressed to "Dear Mr. Patmore," [the poet, critic and belletrist Coventry Patmore, a close friend of Dodgson]. The page size is 5 1/2 x 3 3/8 inches (14 x 8.5 cm); the body of the text is 41 lines, plus greeting and felicitations etc. Usual folds, traces of an old mount at the head of the third page.
An interesting letter, concerning Irene "Vanbrugh," née Barnes, whose successful London debut was as the White Queen and the Knave of Hearts in a revival of Alice in Wonderland in 1888. She was the daughter of the Rev. Reginald Henry Barnes, Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral (a college friend of Dodgson), and the family numbered Ellen Terry among their friends, so her choice of career was by no means exceptional, and she was encouraged in it by both Terry and Dodgson. The letter concerns an abortive effort of Patmore to invite her to visit him, and Dodgson writes that he has arranged for her to come to tea with him the following Sunday, and that he has just escorted her to the stage door, and that he will shortly be seeing her in the play "Paul Pry."
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