Re: [lewiscarroll] Unpublished (in part) Letter from Carroll to Alice
"The full text of this superb letter remains unpublished. A heavily
truncated and somewhat misleading version was published by Alice's son
Caryl in a magazine article in 1932; it is this version which appears in
Letters (Vol. II, p. 876), as
also in Gordon, p. 230."
Well guys, before anyone wants to rush out an spend money on this thing ( bet
you all have your cheque books ready!), I have a copy of the whole text of
that letter, taken from the original in Ch. Ch. At risk of being sued by an
irate Mary Jean, here's what the unpublished bit actually says, so you can
decide if it's worth it:
"My dear Mrs. Hargreaves
I have become conscious of a 'hiatus valde deflendus' [?] in the pleasant
memories of visits from 4 ladies from the Deanery. And I should not like the
5th lady (with whom my relations have never been what you might call
"unfriendly"!) to go away with the thought that I have been unconscious of
it and not tried to remedy it.
I should be so glad if you coud quite conveniently to yourself look in for
tea _any_ day (To a prisoner in his cell all days are alike)....
So, four lines (more or less) are "unpublished" in the Collected Letters.
Though my book quotes part of them (actually I use "prisoner in his cell "as
a chapter heading too.
The "prisoner " ref. is nothing to do with him missing Alice Hargreaves - he
means he can't get out at the moment, because his knee is bad!
I'm not sure if those four lines really merits the hyperbolic description in
the text, but it is odd that no one has ever quoted them. They seem innocuous
enough. I wonder if Mrs St.Clair kept them back just so she could claim it as
a partially unpublished letter and hopefully increase its value? As a family
they do incline more toward the monetary than historical considerations I
And Joel, you are right - the collections DOES belong at Ch. Ch. (properly
catalogued!) and it's a shame to see it split up like this.