Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Sept 8th [?1880-1888]

MS Princeton University, Parrish Collection

My dear Miss Kirke

I send you my autograph and a few more that I happened to have by me, but I do not know if those that are only initials with [sic] be useful to you. CRC is Christabel Rose Coleridge, author of Lady Betty, Hugh Crighton’s Romance &c. F M P is Frances Mary Peard author of a good many novels, M R is Margaret Roberts, author of Mlle Mori. Louisa Molesworth (Mrs) has written a good many children’s books, Constance Gordon Cumming brilliant travels. The other letter is from Lord Mount Temple to invite me to a sort of religious conference that is held at his house every year1

Yours truly
C M Yonge

1William Francis Cowper-Temple, first Baron Mount Temple (1811-1888), was elevated to the peerage in 1880. MS UCLA, collection 100, box 119 is a collection of 14 autograph letters addressed to CMY which include one written by William Cowper-Temple which answers the above description. CMY’s use of the present tense, ‘is held’ suggests that he was still alive at the time she wrote. However, the other letters are of various dates, the latest being 1893. Anna Harriet Drury (1891), Isabella Bishop (1893). E. H. Knatchbull-Hugesson (later Lord Brabourne) (1870), W. Emery, Margaret Gatty, Katherine S. Macquoid, Robert Montgomery, William Cowper Temple, James Augustus Henry Murray, J.M. Neale, Baron Tauchnitz, Elizabeth Jane Oswald, Henrietta Stannard (‘John Strange Winter’) and Linda Villari. No letters with initials are present. A letter from Mary Louisa Molesworth to CMY (26 February 1886) is MS NLS 9752, and could also be one of the letters referred to here.

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/2891/to-miss-kirke

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