[…] Dodgson, a traditionalist, lived in Oxford at the time when the city was violently at war with itself – about religion, about reform, and about rebuilding. He was outraged at the sum being spent on a New History Museum. He disapproved of Dean Liddell’s plan of a new Tom Tower. He clung to the Old Testament scheme of creation at the time when TH “Bulldog” Huxley was debating for evolution with “Soapy Sam” Wilberforce. […]
Source (Miranda Seymour, 2005-09-30, about The Red King’s Dream by Elwyn Jones and Francis Gladsstone Cape)
269 Then the Banker endorsed a blank cheque (which he crossed),
270 And changed his loose silver for notes.
271 The Baker with care combed his whiskers and hair,
272 And shook the dust out of his coats.
“The Blank Cheque” was the title of a satirical squib by Lewis Carroll on the decision of the Oxford university to establish a new building for written examinations and interviews.
2018-07-11, update: 2022-07-13