Oct 24th [1875]1

MS Special Collections, University of Virginia Library2

My dear Fanny
Chambers’ Book of Days gives another prophecy of Mother Shipton but no account of her, and I do not know where else to look among my own resources, but I will look out for some of the people who know everything and see if they know

I have an idea that people used to go and see Mother Shipton among the wax works when they went to London and saw the Lions in the Tower. But I dare say I shall be able to find out more.

I am to dine at Bishopstoke on Monday to meet Sir Richard so I shall hear of you then.3

It is a pleasure to hear of you indeed when I can get the chance. We go on much in the same way and I hope my invalid is not beginning the winter badly.

What a loss the Bishop of Brechin is, he is another gone from the old Hursley friends.

How touching is the account of poor Captain Goodenough4

your affectionate
C M Yonge

1The Rt. Rev. Alexander Forbes, whose recent death is referred to in the letter, died on 8 October 1875.
2The letter is endorsed in another hand 'To be torn up. You shall hear if further information is sent by CY or anyone else. Would not your uncle Roland be an authority on the subject? Yr. loving cousin Fanny'
3CMY's cousin George Yonge lived at Bishopstoke with his wife Lucy. It has been assumed that the Sir Richard referred to here is General Sir Richard Wilbraham, brother of Fanny Wilbraham, and that the letter is therefore addressed to her.
4Goodenough was a naval officer who died on 20 August 1875 as a result of an arrow wound sustained in a fight with natives of the Santa Cruz Islands (where Bishop Patteson had also died).
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/18775/to-frances-maria-wilbraham

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