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.
April 5th [1866]

Madam, I am very sorry your last letter was so long unanswered from my having lost it. I fancy I must have torn it up, deceived by the general appearance being like that of the letters of a frequent correspondent. The Lutheran First Communion is at p. 544 of Vol 30—the Bells at Weisbaden at 441 of 29. The amount due for them is 30/ which I will send if you will send me your Christian ... continue reading

Otterborn
Monday 17th April [1854]

My dear Mary I could hardly help writing a note last night before I went to bed, it seemed so long to have known about Harvey without saying a word. I do not know whether I mentioned that we were to spend Saturday in a shopping expedition to Southampton & so no chance of writing then, but so it was. You will quite understand how little I mean the words to apply to herself ... continue reading

[To Ethel Romanes]

Will you allow one who is almost a stranger to you personally, to express my deep sympathy and sorrow when I saw the notice in the paper of the awful blow that has fallen on you? I know from Annie Moberly of your great kindness on my birthday last year, and that leads me to hope that you will not feel a few words from an old woman an intrusion; though pray do ... continue reading

Elderfield
Novr 8th [1889]

Dear Mr Ingram

Thank you for your letter. I have put notes of quotation to Mme Bunsen’s phrase. It is always a difficulty to know whether to use them when tenses are changed, and only a word or two exactly quoted.

I think I could undertake Duchess Sarah, and I should be glad of the loan of your documents but I must not think about her till Prince Albert is off my hands, and I do not ... continue reading