Novr 20th [1860]

MS Mrs Caroline Fairclough/16

My dear Miss Butler

I cannot tell you much about poor Mr Parker.1 I fancy he has not been in good health for some time he went abroad for the winter about 4 years ago, and was abroad again all August & September this year, only coming home just at the beginning of October, when I had one or two notes from him, but when my book came out, 5 weeks ago, his man Mr Bourn wrote to me announcing it, and saying he had been 5 days in bed. I heard no more till on the 10th I got an official notification of his death. I was in London for a days shopping on Monday week, and left a card for old Mr Parker at the office, but I did not hear anything to signify, nor do I know how far the poor old man may be capable of carrying on the business. So sensible and pleasant a person to deal with is a great loss. I liked him the best of any publisher with whom I have corresponded. I only had one interview with him, so you knew him more personally than I did. I find the general habit is either to detest Lucilla or Phoebe2 but luckily for me, all do not detest both!

I have not seen Grace since she was quite a child, I should like to renew my acquaintance3

yours sincerely

C M Yonge

1Her publisher John William Parker, jr. had died suddenly.
2Lucilla and Phoebe are characters in Hopes and Fears.
3Butler's niece Grace Harriet Butler.
Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/1806/to-anna-butler

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