February 11, 1869.

MS location unknown. This fragment printed in Coleridge, Life p. 259

My dear Marianne-
Here I am in the heat of the weather, with a copse before my eyes where the “grey blossoms twinkle” more like “a bright veering cloud”1 than I ever saw anything do before, but they are the silver buttons on the withies. Maria had a talk with Mr. Siddon, who expressed the most unqualified delighted approval of the book,3 but in general I think people regret that it is more the history of a friendship than a life, and think there is too much about the Judge himself. It is odd to see how the remark comes in from so many quarters, but I think there is a strong Coleridge personality that must show itself in whatever any Coleridge does. The other regret is that more letters to other people were not given as showing more the breadth and scope of the nature.

1John Keble, ‘Third Sunday after Easter’ from The Christian Year.
2CMY was staying with the Rev. Robert Wilson, Vicar of Rownhams, and his wife Maria, and reading Sir John Taylor Coleridge's biography of Keble, which did not give general satisfaction.
Christabel Coleridge transcribes 'Siddon' but it may be that Mrs Wilson had discussed the book with the Rev. Henry Parry Liddon.
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/2300/to-mary-ann-dyson-8

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