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.


Featured Letters...

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester
May 6th 1865

My dear Mr Macmillan, Many thanks for the cheque for £25 for this month’s Dove. I am not sure whether a letter is still a sufficient receipt, if not please let me know, and I will send a stamped one, but receipt stamps are not easy to come by when one is out of the article, unless we are sending to Winchester, therefore I think it better to acknowledge the cheque at once. And at the ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
June 1st 1868

My dear Edith It is indeed a great treat to have had a note from you again. I always feel as if my grand setting to rights when you ought to have been resting in peace was one of the drops that assisted in making your bucket overflow Friday seems to me to have been a day that in the rudest health might be felt to be like air to a fish, but how kind the ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne
Jan 27th 1896

Dear Mr Wooldridge You have the deed of gift executed from my brother to me of Hicks’s cottage therefore there can be no doubt that it is my property and he certainly told me that he meant to make it over to me but he never seems to have told any one here, and Hicks has been paying rent to him and Mrs Yonge ever since.

The accounts have been so mixed with repairs for cottages that ... continue reading

Otterbourne, Winchester.
May 5th [1862]

My dear Mrs Blackburn, I fancy that you would find the Cloister & the Hearth answer for your reading to Mr Blackburn if you like a tissue of wonderful adventures which befal Erasmus’ father & mother, there are bits rather coarse and I find other people like it better than I did.

East Lynn is very clever a capital plot, and would carry on vehemently. Perhaps you have seen reviews of it - Grandmother’s Money - clever ... continue reading