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.
Jany 1st 1868

Dear Mrs. Craik, Your note and enclosure have followed me to the home where I am staying a few days (in spite of the address on my paper). Many thanks for it.

I read with much interest the account of the Little Sisters in the Magazine. It is curious how they make their way with all kinds of people, even at Plymouth, the last place where I should have expected them to thrive.

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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My dear Miss Yonge I am glad you like my kinsmans work.  I am venturing to send him your good opinion as he is a man of a genuine modesty of temper, a [<i>sic</i>]. I think he is a man of true genius. And a word of praise from a competent judge cannot but be pleasant.  By all means keep the papers for leisurely [<i>sic</i>] reading. About the end of next week I should like to ... continue reading
April 27 [1892].

My dear Helen Thank you for the £8, which I found safely on coming home from hearing the first day of the diocesan conference.

Poor old Graf, it is not every dog who is buried by the parish clerk, with me walking in solemn procession of one all down the walk behind. I am glad you were spared the catastrophe, and that mamma has Koko to divert her mind. I am afraid [[person:201]Mr. ... continue reading

[13 June 1879]

Signora Villari’s graceful story has been safely received, and shall be commenced in January 1880

C M Yonge

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