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DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (1832-1898). 'Lewis Carroll'.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('Dear Sir'), 1 page 8vo (oblong, glue-stains to the reverse, worn in the fold), Ch[rist] Ch[urch], 25 October 1897. Explaining that his sermon was not in print, but was similar to another which was typeset (but not published) some years previously.
'None of the sermon exists in MS. or in print. But in substance it is much the same as some printed slips, which I had set up, some years ago, with a view to future publication. At this moment I cannot find any of them: but I am writing to the printer to work off some more proofs, & shall have much pleasure in sending you a set.'
Dodgson told Beatrice Hatch that he never wrote out his sermons: "He knew exactly what he wished to say, and completely forgot his audience in his anxiety to explain his point clearly". After his death an Oxford contemporary wrote of "the erect, gray-haired figure, with the rapt look of earnest thought; the slow, almost hesitating speech; the clear faultless language; the intense solemnity of earnestness which compelled his audience to listen for nearly an hour". (Morton Cohen, Lewis Carroll, p 294). No edition of the sermons has ever appeared in print.
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