Feb. 18. 1867

Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS.55386 (2) P. 895

Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                            

Very deeply do I feel your [illegible] and sympathy.1 The events of the past month are scarcely realizable to me, and on the whole the best healer, or at least anodyne is one’s daily work. I am very thankful as well that all the children – now all mine , are well, and my wife is settling everything wonderfully well, but needing rest, which she is having at her old house in Cambridge.

I shall be very glad to have the Cameos – to go on with, and you shall have proofs steadily and as fast as I can persuade the printer to go.

Miss Wilford has sent me her story. I have glanced carefully over it. I think it certainly has grace, but it is rather stately and stiff like brocade, it lacks the grace of life, and freedom of movement which will [illegible] a child. Even when you have [illegible] in chains, you hear them clank. Even the [illegible] of the boy being locked up and escaping from that stern old monk is hampered as though with a [next nine lines indecipherable.]2

Yours very faithfully

 A. Macmillan





1Macmillan's sister-in-law and business partner, Frances Eliza Macmillan, had died on 21 January 1867.
2CMY had evidently tried to persuade Macmillan to publish in volume form a story by Florence Wilford, which had been serialised in MP (January-December 1866) as 'A Twelfth-Day King, or, Glimpses of French Life in the Fifteenth Century' and which was eventually published as The King of a Day, or, Glimpses of French life in the Fifteenth Century(London: Masters 1868).
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/19674/alexander-macmillan-to-charlotte-mary-yonge-92

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