[January 1854]

MS location unknown. This fragment printed in Romanes, Appreciation, 69

Thank you, I have seen the Times.1 Sir William Heathcote told me there was such an article, but he had not had time to read it, so I had to wait till morning in doubt whether it would be knock-down one, and it was rather a relief that it was not all abuse. It is very amusing to see how Miss Wellwood2 comes in for exactly the same abuse as if she was alive, and with the same discrimination as to facts. It seems to me exactly the world’s judgment of Guy and Philip – loving Guy and not understanding him, and sympathizing with Philip as more comprehensible. However, Marianne’s son3 cannot be disliked, in spite of his principles – a great triumph for her.

1The Heir of Redclyffe was reviewed in The Times, 5 January 1854 p 9 column a. The book is praised warmly despite its 'Puseyism'.
2Miss Wellwood founds a sisterhood in the novel, despite opposition to nunneries as Roman Catholic in tendency.

3The plot of The Heir of Redclyffe had been suggested by Mary Anne Dyson, and so the novel was known as her son.

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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/3020/to-elizabeth-barnett-4

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