Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 21st 1874

MS John Rylands Library, Manchester, FA1/7/835

My dear Mr Freeman,
Many thanks for King Ine. I hope we are not to wait thirteen years for his second part.1 It goes to my heart to lose St Boniface as a Devonshire man. What could have made them choose such a place for him to be born in as Crediton, if it was not true? No wonder Ceadwalla was tempting to the Witch.! I like Miss Macarthur’s Scotland much, it keeps hold of a clear thread.2

I have been catching it from the Saturday more than I have done for years! I confess I thought it rather captious to blame me for not getting Sir John Elliot’s sufferings into a baby history of 6 pages to each reign, and for saying the early times of Charles I were quiet, when I simply meant that there was not a civil war! Then there was a funny controversy between a correspondent of mine and the Athenæum critic as to whether Wat Tyler was on horseback or not as he appeared in the picture! Mr Kitchin’s history of France seems to me very good as far as I have got, which is only to the Pippin times3

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

1Edward Augustus Freeman, King Ine Part I (1872) and Part II (1874) were reprinted from the Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.
2Margaret Macarthur, History of Scotland (London: Macmillan 1873), volume 3 of the Historical Course for Schools series edited by Freeman.
3The Rev. G. W. Kitchin's A History of France was published in three volumes between 1773-7.

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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/2497/to-edward-augustus-freeman-8

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