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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Dear Madam, I am almost certain to be free any day next week, and shall be glad to see your brother any time from 11 till 5 that he may mention. The only chance is I may be called to Oxford one day next week & do not in the least know which day. So if your brother would kind[ly] name one, with another as an alternative, I will let him know the moment I learn ... continue reading

Royal Hospital [Dublin]
October 1, 1857
My dear Mamma The day is over, and a most satisfactory and prosperous day it was; if people are to have a grand wedding it should be just such a one. You heard of us till just after the real breakfast, from which time Miss de Salis, Anne and I worked at the flowers and wedding presents till twelve, when we dressed, and Jane came to Miss de Salis’ room to have her veil on. She ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Sept 8th 1874
Dear Mr Palgrave I am afraid your Lyme Garland may have been waiting some time for my return from a course of visits, as I only found it on my coming home on Saturday Thank you exceedingly for the kind remembrance The music of your verse always charms me, I think my special favorites are the primroses and the lament for the Baby yours very truly C M Yonge ... continue reading
Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Novr 10 [1894?]

Dear Madam I send two of the books you wish for. The Cross Roads is I find being read to a class of G F S girls, but will be finished by the time you have done with these two. John Brent is by S Baring Gould, one of the penny SPCK series. I know I have it and have read it aloud, but I cannot lay my hand on it this moment.

I have only one ... continue reading