Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester
February 27 [1893]

MS location unknown. Printed in Coleridge, Life 327

My dear Lady Frederick
I am afraid I cannot give you more than a week, and that the 6th must be the last possible day. I believe I am going to look over the MSS. with Mrs. Sumner and send them off on the 1st, but we can add your report at the end. I hope you are really recovered from the influenza. People are having it at Winchester, but rather slightly.1

I always thought vaguely that the Mays lived somewhere between Malvern and Wales, but I was called to account for having put crayfish into their rivers. I am always a little afraid of specifically localising unless I know a place intimately. Nor am I sure where Bexley was (did I say Swindon for the junction[?]). I meant the watering-place to be on the Dorset or Devon coast, and Rock Quay had Torquay in its eye. I am sorry to say my coadjutors think it will not do to return thither in the Packet.3 There are not enough kind old friends like you to make the publishers approve. So when I have time I must finish it singly, but I am hurrying up a National Society story, and I want to do a mother’s meeting set of readings on the services of the Sundays of the year.4 Mrs. Sumner’s energies are going into the school-boy education subject.

Yours sincerely
C. M. Yonge

1Evidently Margaret Bruce was due to submit a report to Mothers in Council
2The May family appear in The Daisy Chain and its sequels; Bexley is the setting of The Pillars of the House and its sequels. Rock Quay is resorted to by many of CMY's characters and is the setting of Beechcroft at Rockstone.
3The sense of this is that Christabel Coleridge and A.D. Innes, now editing MP, will not allow her space in it to serialize The Long Vacation (London: Macmillan 1895).
4The books referred to here are The Treasures in the Marshes (London: National Society 1893) and Chimes for the Mothers (London: Wells, Gardner 1893).
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/3216/to-lady-frederick-bruce-3

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