Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 7th 1877

MS British Library Add MSS 54921: 20-21

My dear Mr Craik

I am rather anxious to know the upshot of the new arrangement which we were to have this year into the details of which I do not think we went.

What however is really important to me to know quickly is whether I am likely to receive enough at Christmas to warrant me in promising a payment of £250 – remembering that I have had £200 in advance

I want very much to know whether Mr Freeman despairs of my French history I have heard nothing of it or of him since I sent it off revised and abridged six months ago.1

There are some old papers of mine in the Christian Remembrancer, on Ghosts, on Education, on Eugenie de Guérin and Alexandrine de la Ferronays, which – with those on children’s books in the Magazine1 – would they not make a nice volume to come out at Christmas and would you give me £100 for its first edition. Shall I look them out and send them to you

Yours truly
C M Yonge

1For Freeman's opinion of CMY's History of France, see 'Introduction to Letters 1870-1879'.
2CMY contributed three articles on 'Children’s literature of the last century' to Macmillan's Magazine in 1869: 'Nursery books of the eighteenth century', 'Didactic fiction' and 'Class literature of the last thirty years'. The proposed volume was not 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/2586/to-george-lillie-craik-27

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