Sorel Torquay
Oct 4th 1865

MS British Library Add MSS 54920: 111-2

My dear Mr Macmillan
I enclose the receipt with many thanks. Your letter followed me hither this morning. I think we shall be in these parts about a fortnight longer – and shall then come to a place about a couple of hours of London – whence I hope to run up for a few hours to town, and I shall then be able to talk over matters with you. I fancy it will be somewhere about the 25th, but our doings are some what uncertain

I hope you had weather as fine as ours. I have scarcely seen a drop of rain since we left home this day four weeks.

Pray do not decide on the Dove’s illustration without looking at the queer old contemporary books. Ulm from the Nuremberg Chronicle which I could easily get etched exactly in pen and ink would be explanatory, being that I constructed the topography in the story from it. How intensely interesting the history of Eyre the explorer is.1

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

1Edward John Eyre, Journals of Expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound, in 1840-1, including an account of the manners and customs of the Aborigines, and the state of their relations with Europeans 2 vols (1845). CMY’s deep enthusiasm for missionary work explains her interest in the book; this very month, however, Eyre, as Governor of Jamaica, repressed an uprising with a violence which led to a public controversy and the ruin of his career.

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/2073/to-alexander-macmillan-57

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