A Romantic Love Letter written by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) to Alice
This Romantic Love Letter by Lewis Carroll below has been adapted by so many lovers especially those in long distance relationships.
The various options include
1. Try to imagine what it would be like to receive a love letter like this. Write a funny story but ending up with the reason for the accompanying apparently empty box.
2. Send a box of (chocolate) kisses to your loved one. Enclose a neatly handwritten letter telling this story of about that very box of kisses. You can tell her that the kisses are for her alone.
3. As an alternative to chocolates write a large number of love quotes and big red XXX kisses on small pieces of paper into a empty box or bag. Suggest that if they are feeling alone and missing you to take out one of the love quote kisses and read it.
Make it clear that you would have preferred to give the kisses directly to her on her lips. However you knew that number of passionate kisses might make her lips sore. These chocolate kisses are to tide her over until you can be together in each others arms.
Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born in 1832 in Daresbury in Cheshire UK. He was part of a large family with seven sisters and three brothers and unusually for those days they all survived into adulthood.
Initially educated at home by his parents Lewis Carroll grew up to be a bright articulate lad. For example, at the age of seven he was reading The Pilgrims Progress a book that many adults find it difficult to read and fully understand.
After graduating and achieving a First in Honour Moderations he became a Fellow of Christ Church College in Oxford University. Visitors to the college can actually see the places he lived and worked.
The college was also used as a location for some Harry Potter films. The lessons Harry Potter would have been learning was about casting spells on people. Lewis Carroll cast spells on women by writing love letters to them.
At six foot tall with a very slim figure and considered handsome he was something of a star able to stand in front of a big audience. Lewis Carroll was very charming but could also be very manipulative towards women who found him irresistible.
From evidence of letters to friends we know a lot of his initial work was love poetry. This was always a special interest to Lewis Carroll but with the special twist of being humorous. In 1856 he published his first romantic poem collection under the pen name of Lewis Carroll the first time he had used the name by which he was to become internationally famous. In this letter Alice is called by a pet name of Gertrude
My Dearest Gertrude:
You will be sorry, and surprised, and puzzled, to hear what a queer illness I have had ever since you went. I sent for the doctor, and said, “”Give me some medicine. for I’m tired.”
He said, “Nonsense and stuff! You don’t want medicine: go to bed!”
I said, “No; it isn’t the sort of tiredness that wants bed. I’m tired in the face.”
He looked a little grave, and said, “Oh, it’s your nose that’s tired: a person often talks too much when he thinks he knows a great deal.”
I said, “No, it isn’t the nose. Perhaps it’s the hair.”
Then he looked rather grave, and said, “Now I understand: you’ve been playing too many hairs on the pianoforte.”
“No, indeed I haven’t!” I said, “and it isn’t exactly the hair: it’s more about the nose and chin.”
Then he looked a good deal graver, and said, “Have you been walking much on your chin lately?”
I said, “No.”
“Well!” he said, “it puzzles me very much. Do you think it’s in the lips?”
“Of course!” I said. “That’s exactly what it is!”
Then he looked very grave indeed, and said, “I think you must have been giving too many kisses.”
“Well,” I said, “I did give one kiss to a baby child, a little friend of mine.”
“Think again,” he said; “are you sure it was only one?”
I thought again, and said, “Perhaps it was eleven times.”
Then the doctor said, “You must not give her any more till your lips are quite rested again.”
“But what am I to do?” I said, “because you see, I owe her a hundred and eighty-two more.”
Then he looked so grave that tears ran down his cheeks, and he said, “You may send them to her in a box.”
Then I remembered a little box that I once bought at Dover, and thought I would someday give it to some little girl or other. So I have packed them all in it very carefully. Tell me if they come safe or if any are lost on the way.””
Alice and Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland was a story he told a young 10 year old girl. It was Alice Liddell that first heard the story produced for her and at the bequest of Alice he wrote it down and showed it to a publisher.
Henry Liddell the father of Alice was the Dean of Christchurch College where Lewis worked. Lewis had a close friendship with the family particularly the mother and her children. Carroll wrote a number of other letters to Alice as well on a regular basis.
There is still a major mystery about Lewis Carroll and his romantic love letters to young people. However it should be made clear that there was NO written evidence of any inappropriate sexual behaviour towards minors. Rumours abound and could be supported by some of the words he uses in the letters but nothing conclusive. In these circumstances it would be inappropriate to discuss these issues here.