Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Novr 22d 1878

MS British Library Add MSS 54921: 72-73

My dear Mr Macmillan

Very hearty thanks for your kind letter, I will thankfully correct my own careless blunders, of which I know three. I have sent to the London Library for one or two of the authorities but ‘Dahn’s great work’ is not there at all, unless it is more recent than my catalogue, and I don’t think I could properly understand it if I had it1

I will keep to the old lines of the ordinary histories and only correct what I am ashamed of now I see it.

I have sent for Dozy who writes in French and I hope I may there find what Mrs Ward means by Count Julian being a Byzantine commander, which interests me apart from the history as I have made it.

I hope in a few days to have entirely finished the Scripture readings

With many thanks
Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

I don’t generally care about criticism when I am quite sure that it is only deserved by what I cannot help.

1This relates to the unkind review by Mary Augusta Ward of CMY's The Christians and the Moors in Spain.
2 Felix Dahn, Die Könige der Germanen : Das Wesen des ältesten Königthums der germanischen Stämme und seine Geschichte bis auf die Feudalzeit 6 vols (Munich, Wurzburg: 1861, 1866, 1871). The quotation is from Mary Ward’s Academy review of The Christians and the Moors in Spain.
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/2651/to-alexander-macmillan-133

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