Lewis Carroll first met Mabel Amy Burton on 16 August 1877. He noted in his diary "Went on the pier in the evening, and made another fortunate acquaintance... my new friend is Mabel Amy Burton, of 53 Pentonville Road, Islington. She seems to be about 8... Mabel herself is entirely charming, and without an atom of shyness: I never became friends with a child so easily or so quickly" (see ed. Edward Wakeling, Lewis Carroll's Diaries Vol 7, 2003, p. 60).
In 1929 Mabel Burton recalled the meeting: "As a small child I much disliked strangers, but the personality of this gentleman attracted me and I chatted away with him quite freely. I think it must have been the next afternoon that I met my new friend again. he took me on his knee, showed me some tiny, tiny pairs of scissors that he had in his pocket, 'to cut a fairy's hair with,' and asked my name and address, which... I promptly gave, and which my friend as promptly wrote down in his notebook..."
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