Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
May 17th 1865

MS British Library Add MSS 54920: 86-87

My dear Mr Macmillan,

Thank you for Mr Trevelyan’s Cawnpore, which will I am sure be terribly engrossing reading.1

I waited to write both because I was trying to satisfy myself with the beginning of Moses, and because I wanted to see what the London Library would send me. And the latter is just at present – Nothing, so I should be very much obliged if you would lend me Stanley’s Sermons in Palestine and Thomson’s and Kitto’s books – which would be a great help. I have been writing and re writing the early part of Moses, and trying to settle how much about Egypt to put in, and at present I think it seems safest not to meddle with the uncertain chronology by trying to identify the Pharaohs in such a book as this.

All that can be said for them /now\ has been so well said in Miss Keary’s book. I am trying to illustrate the religion of the desert tribes of Moses 40 years waiting out of the Book of Job. Then I don’t think I shall say much of the Israelite wanderings, except marking what in the Law was preparation. Children /or young people\ know the narrative but do not know the core of the history – the preparation.

I believe a parcel of books is coming to me from Mme de Witt, directed to your care. Will you kindly let them come through Messrs Nutt.

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

1She was writing a review of Trevelyan's book about the massacre at Cawnpore during the Indian Mutiny.
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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/2034/to-alexander-macmillan-44

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