July 25. 1867.

Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS.55387 (1): P. 389

Dear Miss Yonge
The parcel for Miss Lewis reached Tooting safely, and will not in the least inconvenience me.1 I will endeavour to deliver it early after my arrival.

I have read the Story of the Scotch girl. It is very interesting – rather sensational in fact. Robespierre, Danton, Napoleon, the Guillotine ‘La Lanterne,’ a sprinkling of smugglers with a slight dash of wreckers, highly toned Irish, Scotch, French nationalities, a mad woman, suicide, a murder or two &c &c. make up a dish that certainly cannot be considered savourless. There is no great reach of thought, as Mrs Lewes, or Mrs Gaskell have, nor anything like grace & delicacy of touch of Miss Thackeray but it looks to me vigorous firm drawing. I am getting a friend, a critic by profession to look at it. My reading was too much in novel reading vein to enable me to judge. Besides it was done between 11p.m. and 2 a.m. after a [illegible] of day

We shall communicate direct with her.

Yours very sincerely
A. Macmillan

1CMY had asked him to deliver an illumination to her friend Miss Lewis in Philadelphia.
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/2199/alexander-macmillan-to-charlotte-mary-yonge-59

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