Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
May 4th 1865

MS British Library Add MSS 54920: 78-79

My dear Mr Macmillan,
In the first place I have a beautiful photograph to thank you for, which arrived here viâ Nutt and Wells this morning, and the subject of which much excites our speculations, and adds pleasant mystery to our admiration.

Next I return the first sheet of Bethlehem, the appearance of which I like much. I think there should be a text and a verse to each chapter. Do you wish to have each chapter sent up as it is completed? I have just finished Jacob but unless the chapters are really wanted I had rather keep them both to refer to, and for possible touching up. Are you intending vignette illustrations? for some mediæval Lion of the tribe of Judah would be the most appropriate for this chapter on Jacob’s blessing.

I shall get the Magazine on Saturday I hope. I dare say as neither you nor Mr Masson hit the blots I dare say that no body else will, but what sits heavy on my soul is that I must have made Maximilian too old, and antedated the Swabian league (I only learnt the right date from Hegewisch’s history) and that I regaled the travellers on pasty, when they should have eaten sausage. I doubt too if I had quite settled the spelling of the names, but I dare say that all will prove quite nearly enough right. Thanks for Mr Masson’s direction. I well send the other chapters direct to him.

I have been reading your books of shipwrecks. They are a grand collection of sea adventures of all nations, and nearly all times, and they bring me to the conclusion that of all companions a Frenchman is the worst for a wreck. I met /with\ one last night who described eating up his negro with more coolness than some people describe having to eat a dog. But there are many fine stories, and the record is one well worth having.

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

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/2026/to-alexander-macmillan-41

One Comment
  1. Ellen Jordan says:

    Has anyone ever checked whether these historical “slips” were corrected when Dove was published as a single volume? This is the kind of thing helen Schinske does really well.

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