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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April 19th 1875

My dear Miss Freeman

The first week in May will suit me very well and I hope we shall be at our best between banksia roses and nightingales. I am afraid however that I really have only room for one and that I must not have the pleasure of having your sister though I am very sorry to be so inhospitable, but when you see our household you will understand. I have a friend ... continue reading

My dear Cousin, To-day we married three young couples: the bridegrooms,Robert Pantatun, William Pasvorang, and Marsden Sawa, who have been many years with us, and are all Communicants; the brides, Emily Milerauwe, Lydia Lastitia, and Rhoda Titrakrauwe, who were baptized a year ago. The Chapel was very prettily dressed up with lilies and many other flowers. The bridegrooms wore white trousers, shirts, &c., the brides wore pretty simple dresses and flowers in their hair. We crowded as ... continue reading

My dear Fanny,

Your letter came to me safely yesterday, and very glad I am of the prospect it holds out. I wrote to Mr Raikes at once letting him [know] that it was just what I should like, but that he had better send it to me when I get home which I do not think will be till the end of October. I find it so very difficult to get a MS read away ... continue reading

[early January 1872]

I am going to Lichfield from Monday to Saturday of next week - to talk and look over letters of our noble martyr with the Selwyns. I believe I am to manage the putting his life together but it will be more editing than writing. I seem to have thought of nothing but the wonderful symbolism of the work of those unconscious savages.

Your affectionate C M Yonge

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