Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
March 4th [?1870] 1

MS Mrs Caroline Fairclough/23

My dear Arthur
I shall put your corrections in, I always had I confess believed that Bombastes was in Hudibras, but I ought not to have done so, as I never read it.

As to the Rod being a Celtic word, I did not make away with that because I thought it was curious that the sound should suggest the same idea independently or perhaps by some lingering of the root in the old Italian dialects.

But I really believed in both Brag and the bambyx, and I am very sorry I was all wrong.

Thank you
yours very sincerely
C M Yonge

1It is not easy to identify the chapter of ‘Polyglot Parsing’ referred to here and it may not have been published.

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/2375/to-arthur-john-butler-10

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