Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 25th 1872

MS Royal College of Surgeons, London, Hunter-Baillie collection 0014/7/244 1

My dear Cousin
Thank you for your note. The character you give dear Coley is I think almost exactly what Bishop Abraham, [in] the papers in St Luke’s Magazine, and his own letters, have been helping me to trace, but I am very glad of your confirmation of it.2 Can you remember anything about his giving a seal to Bishop Selwyn when he came to take leave at Eton before his first going out. It is spoken of in a letter but neither the Selwyns nor Pattesons can recollect anything about it. I am glad you mentioned the copying. It is sometimes referred to in his letters but I had not spoken of it. Any time that it is convenient to you to send the letters I shall be grateful for them, but they will not come into immediate use for a month or six weeks as I have only reached the Oxford period, and I am just now a good deal interrupted. Perhaps I had better write when I am close upon the need for them, and ask for them. I am very anxious to shew how extensive his mind and interests were.

Your affectionate cousin
C M Yonge

1Other letters in this collection are addressed to the Rev. Edward Coleridge; letter 242 is from Max Müller enclosing letters from Bishop Patteson for CMY’s biography; 239 from Sir John Taylor Coleridge, about his own illness; 246 last page of letter from Bishop Patteson, when Selwyn’s chaplain, giving his views on New Zealand politics, especially his disagreement with the Governor.
2 CMY was researching her biography of Bishop Patteson. Coleridge was Bishop Patteson's uncle, and had taught him at Eton, but was also an important British supporter of the Melanesian mission.

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/2445/to-the-reverend-edward-coleridge

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