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.
April 19th 1866

Dear Mr Macmillan Our start from home is fixed for the 30th of this month. I suppose there is no chance of my getting any copies of the Dove before I start. I was obliged to delay further by having a revise of the preface where the printers had contrived to make a good many gratuitous mistakes. I never knew Messrs Clay so long printing anything. If there is no chance of your sending me a ... continue reading

Dec 18th [1863]

My dear Henrietta

You have a very nice set of questions this time and I think the best to choose among them will be the distinguished Christian characters of Milan, and the monuments, but I think you should call them sepulchral monuments, as I suppose you mean only those that mark the actual place of the remains - as I imagine you don’t wish to include the Monument par excellence. I think you may allot four ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Jany 19th 1874

Dear Mr Macmillan I am trying the abridging process upon Bishop Patteson, but I hope the latter part can wait to be reprinted till I get the corrections from the Mission itself.

I am much afraid that Lady Martin’s recollections about New Zealand, about which I wrote to you have been lost on the voyage. They were announced, and enquired after, but never appeared

I see the third volume of the Scripture Readings must stop with Daniel’s ... continue reading

'Monthly Packet', 6, Paternoster Row, London E.C.
Jany 7th [1851-1881]

Dear Madam

I see I did send your other poems to the printer, by confusion in the twilight. But I like them so much as to be glad of it

yours truly C M Yonge

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