Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Jany 31st 1877

MS Mrs Clare Roels

My dear Christabel

Here are a not very brilliant set of answers I rather doubt whether the question about the fall of Constantinople was understood I expect there will be a rush at Gridiron’s ghost question.1

I shall be very glad if Fernando ends by coming to me.2 Miss Webers At Sixes and Sevens, a conclusion to I wonder why is very disappointing3 Grace is so stupidly in love without being asked, and everybody goes on at weary cross purposes from first to last, and the sundial motto is so repeated that we grew sick of it I have my doubts whether she can write a long book. Our religious education field day at school is coming off tomorrow, and the pupil teachers are in great excitement they themselves have both come out first class. What a capital story Miss Roberts has got in Friendly Leaves. I suppose the point in the Penzance court is that Convocation was against having his court, and that submitting to an old usurpation is not like being handed on to a new one, but I am sure I do not know whether this is the right view4

your affectionate
C M Yonge

1These were essays written by members of the Gosling Society, of which Coleridge was secretary.
2In the end Coleridge's novel The Constant Prince was published in MP.
3Alice Weber's novel 'I Wonder Why' appeared only in serial form in MP, but its sequel was published by Mozley only in volume form.
4CMY refers to the trial (1876-7) of the Rev. Arthur Tooth, Vicar of Hatcham, for ritualism before Lord Penzance, who had been appointed under the Public Worship Regulation Act, 1874. Tooth refused to recognise the court's jurisdiction.
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/2570/to-christabel-rose-coleridge-85

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