Jan. 3. 1867

Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS.55386 (2) Pp. 764-5

Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                            

Indeed Miss Sewell is very wrong, and we would all get into serious trouble if we acted on her impression. She must have written permission from the owners of the copyright of the several books. I think it would not be hard for either Miss Sewell or yourself to obtain them but the thing does not at all depend on the author being living. You use some of Lord Macaulay I remember.  Lady Trevelyan at Grosvenor Corner S.W. is I think the proper person to apply to. If you address a letter to Mr Pearson I can forward it to him. I do not quite remember who the other writers you quote from] are, but it you will give me their names I will give you their addresses.1

If you will kindly send us the copy for the Cameos up to the time you mean we will put the book in hand at once and get on with it quickly. I am not sure that I told you that you will have the stereotype plate of the Cameos as a possession after the sale of the full edition.

I am sending you by this post a made [illegible] of publishing on the Globe paper, same as that used for Scott. It is really a very pretty book prettier than the present edition. But the practical point is this, that you will require that of the Daisy chain goes at 8/6 [illegible]. But Daisy Chain is a terribly long book. It is some 5 sheets longer than Heir of Redclyffe. I am having calculations made as to what the average result of the whole would be. Also I am seeing what the result of  the same book at 4/6 would be. The whole thing was by contrast that I am not sure that 4/6 is attractive(?) enough to command a very greatly increased sale. How does it strike you? Would you for instance [illegible] [illegible] before if wishing to make presents of them be induced to buy two books at 4/6 to one you bought at 6/- before to give to your friends? I think at 3/6 [illegible] might [illegible] more than doubled. [Next three lines indecipherable.]

Yours very faithfully

A. Macmillan

Can you tell me a little Miss Wilbraham is sister to a Mr Henry Wilbraham who was a fellow of Trinity [illegible] and is now “registrar of the Chancery of Manchester”? 2 If so he is an old friend of mine, and this might pass [illegible] as false(?).What you tell me of her makes me wish all the more that she will be enlisted as [illegible].



1Elizabeth Sewell had evidently suggested that it was not necessary to obtain formal permission for republication of extracts from historical works in Historical Selections.
2The Rev. Henry Wilbraham, fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, mathematician and registrar of the Court of Chancery in Manchester, was a third cousin to CMY's friend Frances Maria Wilbraham, whom she was anxious to have as a contributor to Macmillan's Sunday Library.
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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/19670/alexander-macmillan-to-charlotte-mary-yonge-90

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