It was Alice's first visit to the United States. Here is a letter written
by her to her father, Dean Liddell, the august Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.
Remember that she is a naive little girl:
The United States is a
puzzling place. President Clinton is in
some kind of trouble. A fat report by some critic
has been published and
reprinted in the press. I cannot understand
it, so I am sending it to you.
You can explain it when I get home. It is really
odder than Wonderland; the
Mad Hatter is normal in comparison. I am completely
bewildered. There is
something about Clinton smoking a cigar. I
thought he smoked marijuana.
I like our parliamentary system of government.
Americans are very proud of
their constitution, but they should realize that
the parliamentary system
is better. Under it the prime minister would simply
have resigned or been
replaced. If he had fought he would have lost a
vote of confidence and been
replaced anyway. Parliament would not have been
paralyzed. The presidential
system is fine for problem countries like France
and the immature countries
of the Americas except for Canada, whose way of
life the world admires.
After all it was the Tories who founded Canada.
There is hope for the
United States. Spain has adopted the parliamentary
system, and it is
functioning admirably there, so there is hope that
the United States will
see the light.
Your loving daughter, Alice.
Dean Liddell was delighted to hear from Alice.
However, he was bewildered by the book, but not as completely
nonplussed as Alice. He muttered: "That chap Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar.
I have known many of them, and they are an admirable crowd. Thanks heavens
Clinton was not at Christ Church. I would have sent him down. The