Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Jan 1st 1879

MS British Library Add MSS 54921: 77-78

Dear Mr Macmillan

I am today sending Clay the last copy for the Scripture Readings, I suppose we may consider now whether the five volumes can be made more compact and profitable, and I hope Clay will finish off the present one quickly.

Thanks for sending all these notices of the Primer.1 It is odd I thought I had written up to MacMahon’s election, but perhaps Mr Green thought the siege made a better conclusion – and that I could not grasp it.

I hope soon to send the Spanish corrections2 As a matter of curiosity is Mr Freeman still mending up that other unfortunate history, I have kept all the proofs of mine to compare[?].3

With all good new year’s wishes
Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

Thanks for the primers. English composition is very good. Though I wonder at the condemnation of pell mell and topsy turvey.

1CMY's History of France (1878), one of the History Primer series edited by the historian John Richard Green (1837-1883). Marie-Edmé-Patrice-Maurice de MacMahon (1808-1893) was elected President of France in 1873.
2These were the corrections to her Story of the Christians and the Moors in Spain pointed out in a harsh review by Mary Augusta Ward.

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/2657/to-alexander-macmillan-134

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