Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 18th 1867

MS British Library Add MSS 54920: 186-187

My dear Mr Macmillan
The sheets came on Tuesday with Miss Martin’s marks, and I have gone over them and marked with ink all that it seems to me that I could well part with.1 Her marks are in pencil and I see what she wishes to part with is the entire chapters that belong to the Gospels and Acts, which take away all the youth of St John. Now if I might be allowed to keep enough to belong to his personal history, and make a whole man of him, I think I could manage, but I do want him and Ephesus as complete as I can make them; and the touching contrast of his long life and his brother’s early death is lost if I may not have the request that they might together share the Glory. Might not what I have left be again to see how it looks and whether it hangs together properly.

Thank you for your kind and liberal offer but I could not receive payment for what was of no use, and did not suit your purpose. I think I must have taken out about a quarter of what was standing, of course more might have gone only it seems a pity to make a thing bare and bald or to lose the picture of a character.

I always did like white better than tinted paper, and I think people find it easier to read.

As I said, I am working away at the Seven Churches and their Messages. The explanation of Gnosticism is needful to them, and the history of Simon Magus gives it a fact to hang on, so I can hardly do without that.

The Riot of Ephesus Miss Martin did not scratch out, and I think it cannot be dispensed with. In a real life of St Paul it would assume much larger proportions. I hope you can let me have as much of my thread as I have left myself, or indeed I shall scarcely know how to make the book worth having

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

1Frances Martin was the editor of Macmillan's Sunday Library series, to which CMY was writing The Pupils of St. John the Divine.
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/2193/to-alexander-macmillan-91

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