Charlotte Yonge is one of the most influential and important of Victorian women writers; but study of her work has been handicapped by a tendency to patronise both her and her writing, by the vast number of her publications and by a shortage of information about her professional career. Scholars have had to depend mainly on the work of her first biographer, a loyal disciple, a situation which has long been felt to be unsatisfactory. We hope that this edition of her correspondence will provide for the first time a substantial foundation of facts for the study of her fiction, her historical and educational writing and her journalism, and help to illuminate her biography and also her significance in the cultural and religious history of the Victorian age.

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 9th [before 1877]

My dear Mrs White

Miss Barnett’s niece, Emma Butler, who is here tells me that her Aunt is intending to write an account of your Convalescent home, so that I suppose she is only waiting for time. If she should fail, I should be very happy to have the account from yourself – or perhaps you have settled it with her – I am afraid my vote for Earlswood is disposed of

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Dear Madam If you discontinue the payment of the annual premium on the life policy, it will drop altogether & no sum whatever will be received if Mrs. Yonge were to die. If you decide on this course, the best plan will be to wait until the latter part of next October for the surrender of the policy to the office. They will pay you about £100 for it. If on the other ... continue reading

He has been with me for some years, always good and amiable; but too good-natured, too weak, so that he did not take a distinct line with his people. He is a person of some consequence in his neighbourhood. Now he gives all the proofs that can well be given of real sincerity. He wonders himself, as he contrasts his present with his former thoughts. I feel, humanly speaking, quite convinced that he is thoroughly ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester
April 10, 1872

My dear Sir William Thank you greatly, I thought just as you do that it was rather a needless question since I was quite sure of the fact of what Mr. Keble said to me, and I should not have asked you if it had been any one else who advised me, but having asked him it seemed wrong not to do just what he told me.

Miss Dyson is a devoted lover of King Charles, and ... continue reading