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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Midsummer Day [21 June 1897]

My dear Ellie

Thank you. I have written to Logan to begin next Tuesday the 29th. To start at the quarter is convenient to one’s memory. I suppose he can hardly be Miss Sturges Bourne’s old Logan, is he his son?

‘From Lynn to Milford Bay’ I thought of on Tuesday when our fire was blazing built judgematically under Mr Dennis’s superintendence so as to be bright for half an hour and then to fade. Seven ... continue reading

June 24th [after 1890]

My dear Edmund, Here is an entreaty I have had from Mary. I can’t worry the old Warden, and I don’t know what niece is with him. I don’t think there is much to see extra at New College, but would you send her a note to make it possible. I think one sees the Hall naturally, and there was not much in the Library to see, but I suppose William of Wykeham’s staff is only ... continue reading

Dear mr Macmillan, The Prince and Page look very well, and I hope will thrive as well as they look. I think I sent the names for the copies - but I suppose the general mass of them are not ready yet.

If my brother’s M S about the Reading Biscuits is not available and can be recovered he would be very glad to have it again.

With all Christmas wishes to the Elms party

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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My dear Canon Warburton Would it be asking too much of your kindness to ask you to glance over this paper and see whether it is an advisable one to have in Mothers in Council. I do not know whether you have heard of the Mother's Union, started by Mrs G Sumner (the wife of the Bishop of Guildford) at first for poor women, to rouse them to some heed to the training of ... continue reading