Autograph Letter Signed ('H G Liddell') from Henry George Liddell, grandfather of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, to 'Dear Dundas', concerning the Abbotsford Subscription. With print of the 'Ape' cartoon of Liddell from 'Vanity Fair'.

Rev. Henry George Liddell (1787-1872), father of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, and grandfather of Alice Pleasance Liddell, on whom Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was based [Sir Walter Scott]
Publication details: 
Letter: Ravensworth Castle; 2 February 1833. Print: Without date or place.
SKU: 11243

Letter: 4 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 36 lines. Text clear and complete. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He addresses him 'as Provisional Secretary to the Abbotsford Subscription Committee', to inform him that he has instructed his bankers in Newcastle to transmit forty pounds from his account to bankers in the Strand, 'to be added to the Abbotsford Fund - being the Amount collected in small sums between 1.£ & 1.s. by Mrs. Liddell in the town of Alnwick & vicinity'. She will forward a book of subscribers' names to the Committee. 'Considerable interest was exhibited by the lower classes in my immediate neighbourhood upon the subject.' Postscript states that he is 'not without hopes of forwarding' Dundas 'a contribution before long from the proceeds of my little volume which perhaps you will do me the honor to purchase & to read'. The 'Ape' cartoon is 21 x 31.5 cm, slightly cropped at head (only affecting lettering in margin) and foot, but with none of Liddell's full-length image lacking. A 21 x 3 cm strip at the foot has been folded upwards (to the hem of Liddell's gown), otherwise good, on lightly aged paper.