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Fine long Autograph Letter Signed to Butler, the father of his young friend Olive Butler (Lewis, Charles Dodgson, 1832-1898, Author of 'Alice in Wonderland') 1893Description
explaining "an (apparent) liberty which I propose to take this week, in sending Olive a copy of 'Sylvie and Bruno Concluded'. Without some explanation it might look like a sort of 'feeler' towards renewing negotations as to being allowed to try to establish a friendship with her. So let me assure you that I have no such idea, and that I still abide loyally by the decision to which you and Mrs Butler have come ..." he continues that it would be "a great pity, for no better reason than that you and I hold different views as to the expediency of friendships between old gentlemen and young ladies, to leave my gift incomplete ..." and he hopes that Olive will be allowed to accept Volume II, he ends with his wishes for Christmas, 3 sides 8vo., The Chestnuts, Guildford, 25th DecemberFootnote
Dodgson made a game for Olive and inscribed it to her "from the White Knight Nov 21 1892". Perhaps that was when her parents decided that the relationship should be ended. He had evidently already given her the first volume of Sylive and Bruno.Price
£6250.00 (Stock Code: 36018)