In 1862, the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson took a rowboat outing with friends, among whom were three daughters of the dean of Oxford’s Christ Church. Dodgson made up a story to entertain the girls–Alice, Lorina, and Edith Liddell–during the short trip. Alice asked Dodgson to write the story down, which he agreed to do.
The result was an illustrated manuscript, Alice’s Adventures under Ground, which, in revised form, became Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Scans of this manuscript reside online; I’m displaying three of them, but you can read the whole story by following my first link.
Each image links to larger images: