Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Jany 29th 1879

MS British Library Add MSS 54921: 80- 811

Dear Mr Macmillan

It is rather difficult to arrange the order of these books.2 Heartsease was out before the Daisy Chain indeed those four that I numbered first were meant to answer to the four Seasons, and ought to go together3

In point of date, the Daisy Chain and the Young Stepmother are the next, but the Daisy Chain Trial and Pillars ought to come together

What is to be done about the lesser historical ones, the Prince & Page, and Little Duke are children’s books but the Danvers’ Papers are not, Would it not be well to pair some lesser ones together?

What is the size and price to be

I have classed historical ones according to date except Lady Hester which would bind with Danvers Papers

Please have a copy of the Daisy Chain & Trial sent to Mrs Beresford Earle the Soke, Winchester Also one of the Three Brides sent to Miss Lewis – 710 Pine St Philadelphia US.

Yours truly
C M Yonge

1There is a box drawn round the final paragraph and Post Jan 23/79 MC 660/16 written after first and per New York 23/1/79 MC after second.
2This letter refers to the uniform edition of CMY's novels.
3When the uniform edition was published the first four books were numbered 1. The Heir of Redclyffe (1853), 2. Heartsease (1854), 3. Hopes and Fears (1860) and 4. Dynevor Terrace (1857). The model for this intriguing arrangement was undoubtedly La Motte Fouqué, Die Jahreszeiten (1811-14), consisting of Frühlings-Heft: Undine; Sommer-Heft: Die beiden Hauptleute; Herbst-Heft: Aslauga’s Ritter and Alpin und Jucunde; and Winter-Heft: Sintram und seine Gefährten.

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/2660/to-alexander-macmillan-135

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