June 15. 1865

Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS. 55384 (2): P. 572

My dear Miss Yonge
Any idea of a book that commended itself to you and Miss Sewell as adapted to girls reading must be a good idea. Also my sister-in-law to whom I have mentioned the idea & also shown your letter seems greatly pleased with it. To myself I am afraid that besides the obvious difficulty which Miss Sewell perceives of getting it in due company, there is another which has put itself before me strongly, the danger, namely, of making the story patchy, both from the necessary gaps, and from the variation in style. However there are so many obvious advantages to the plan, and I am sure you & Miss Sewell would be as careful of harmony and symmetry as I am, and would work the whole into a beautiful mosaic. I think Miss Sewells friends suggestion of taking a bit of the history exceedingly good, but it would I believe be better if a whole subject could be given, as the Conquest itself or the wars between England & Scotland or between England & France, or the wars of the Roses. Something at least that would give an idea of a completer book. I would most willingly undertake such a work, and give its getting up and making-known my best attention. I do not know what sort of engagement you would like on such work, but we could either buy an edition or give a royalty per copy on any other system that you [and] Miss Sewell might think best.

I shall be very glad indeed to hear further from you on the subject.

I am dear Miss Yonge
Yours very faithfully
A. Macmillan

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/2043/alexander-macmillan-to-charlotte-mary-yonge-33

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