Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 19th 1866

MS British Library Add MSS 54920: 154-155:

Dear Mr Macmillan
Our start from home is fixed for the 30th of this month. I suppose there is no chance of my getting any copies of the Dove before I start. I was obliged to delay further by having a revise of the preface where the printers had contrived to make a good many gratuitous mistakes. I never knew Messrs Clay so long printing anything. If there is no chance of your sending me a dozen copies before Saturday week will you send me by post four of the Prince and the Page, which at any rate I want before leaving home. If the dove is not ready in time, I will write and say where it can meet me.

Miss Peard has just sent me the beginning of her history of the Prayerbook to look at. I think it will make an exceedingly pretty and interesting book, and she is very careful and correct in her statements.

I ought to have thanked Mr Craik for sending me the Swiss professor’s letter, but it came at a time when I was in much anxiety and grief. Perhaps Mrs Craik could have answered more satisfactorily than I have been able to do. What a beautiful story her last is.1

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

1The letter is endorsed ‘You should answer this - or your wife’. Macmillan’s partner, George Lillie Craik (1837-1905) had married (29 April 1865) the well-known novelist Dinah Maria Mulock (1826-1887), whose latest work was A Noble Life 2 vols (London, Hurst & Blackett 1866).

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/2119/to-alexander-macmillan-76

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