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
March 13th 1867
Sir, I am afraid you will think your kind mention of the Little Duke in your history of the Norman Conquest has brought on you an infliction - But I cannot resist the desire to send you my later story the Prince and the Page because in it I have tried as far as the scope of the story would allow, to do justice to the character of Simon de Montfort and Edward I. I am aware ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
March 4th [?1870]

My dear Arthur I shall put your corrections in, I always had I confess believed that Bombastes was in Hudibras, but I ought not to have done so, as I never read it.

As to the Rod being a Celtic word, I did not make away with that because I thought it was curious that the sound should suggest the same idea independently or perhaps by some lingering of the root in the old Italian dialects.

But I ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Novr 4th [1869?]

My dear Mr Moor This is what Mrs Arnold says, and I should think the terms as fair as could be expected. She is not a very charming looking person, but her husband has been half over the world and will probably be entertaining --- I wish I could send this over to you today, but our man is laid up with a bad cold --- Anything more you like me to do, I will ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Oct 28th 1864

My dear Mr Moor I am sorry to say that I had sent the £600 a year question away, but I think you may safely assume that the clergyman lives in the country, and has a house, and glebe - and that the three sons are of an age to be educated - I cannot get at the propounder of the question, or I would have asked her

With many thanks Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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