Jan 21.1864

Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS.55382 P. 72

Dear Miss Yonge
I will see whether we can find some one who would do a few vigorous outlines for the little Duke. Something like those to Kingsleys Heroes. Reproductions of foreign books are not generally successful.

We send the Daisy Chain to press today

I am very glad indeed that you take to our idea. It would do admirable [sic] for a Christmas book.1 I think you have quite caught the idea I had & I think also what my sister had. We will talk over the matter tonight. I would certainly have some obscurer stars of this kind brought to light, if possible, so as to include some who have not sent down a ‘Roaring voice’.2 But when I have talked over the matter with my sister I will write again, or perhaps I may venture to get her to write herself. I suppose ladies should understand each other best.

I am dear Miss Yonge
Yours very faithfully
Alex Macmillan

1This was the idea for A Book of Golden Deeds.
2CMY was fond of quoting Walter Scott's statement, recorded by Felicia Hemans: 'Do not say that noble blood is wasted, it sends down a roaring voice through all time’. The quotation occurs The Daisy Chain II, Ch.5, the source being, Harriet Browne, Memoir of the Life and Writings of Mrs. Hemans, 200.
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/1928/alexander-macmillan-to-charlotte-mary-yonge-7

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