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.
Ash Wednesday [6 March] 1878

My dear Christabel

Mr Wilson says that the 12th will suit him best, if we drive over early So will you let me know your train on the 11th and you shall be met at Winchester, I know I shall want to send there. By the by, perhaps I should tell you that Maurice is sent home with chickenpox, and probably the others will have it, but besides the probability that you have had ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 17th [1873]

My dear Mr Moor Mr Wither gives £7 a year and finds everything. What he wants is a girl who has been out before so as to have had her first teaching, and is well to be depended on not to be saucy or lazy with his old housekeeper, who is good natured, and will get up and do things herself instead of making the girl do them. The place is kitchen maid, as Sophy is ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
S Philip & S James [1 May] 1871

My dear Mr West I shall be delighted to see you and any of your party on Saturday. I hope we shall look to as much advantage as we are doing on this May day of the poets – The Hursley services are at 10 AM and 7 PM on Saturdays, ours at 9 AM and 5 PM – rather impracticable hours I fear as regards Hursley. Will you come to luncheon, which can be at ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
March 20th 1876

My dear Mary

Thank you much for your letter. It is curious that Mary Woollcombe should have found the report going, but I think no one likes to speak to any of you of gossip concerning any of the family. As to the measure of the loss we do not fathom it yet, it is so mixed up with all sorts of things and people, as I suppose those things are. It is ... continue reading