July 5th 1862
Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll began to write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on this date in 1862.
The previous day he had enjoyed a rowing boat trip along with Reverend Robinson Duckworth and the three daughters of Henry Liddell ( (the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Dean of Christ Church): Lorina aged 13, Alice aged 10 and Edith aged 8.
During the trip, Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) told the girls a story about a girl named Alice who went looking for an adventure. All the girls loved it, especially 10 year old Alice who asked him to write it down for her. So the following day, he wrote down the origional draft. After another boat trip with the girls in which he elaborated on the story, he began work on the manuscript and the story was published three years later in 1865.
On 26 November 1864, Dodgson gave Alice Liddell the handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, with illustrations by himself, dedicating it as “A Christmas Gift to a Dear Child in Memory of a Summer’s Day”