Charlotte Yonge is one of the most influential and important of Victorian women writers; but study of her work has been handicapped by a tendency to patronise both her and her writing, by the vast number of her publications and by a shortage of information about her professional career. Scholars have had to depend mainly on the work of her first biographer, a loyal disciple, a situation which has long been felt to be unsatisfactory. We hope that this edition of her correspondence will provide for the first time a substantial foundation of facts for the study of her fiction, her historical and educational writing and her journalism, and help to illuminate her biography and also her significance in the cultural and religious history of the Victorian age.

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Jan 29th 1889

Dear Mr Craik

Many thanks for your letter and cheque. I am glad to see your writing again, and that the first dreariness of return has been faced.

I am glad the cheap edition is doing so well, it is capitally got up and bound, and I regret nothing but the Daisy Chain illustrations and those to the Trial. Those to the intermediate edition were much better.

I have had some correspondence about a story of the historical ... continue reading

Dear mr Macmillan, The Prince and Page look very well, and I hope will thrive as well as they look. I think I sent the names for the copies - but I suppose the general mass of them are not ready yet.

If my brother’s M S about the Reading Biscuits is not available and can be recovered he would be very glad to have it again.

With all Christmas wishes to the Elms party

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 12th 1879

Dear Mr Macmillan

Many thanks for your prompt response which relieves me of a good deal of worry.

Yes there are two short stories to be recovered from America, about the length of the Ghost. One I make sure of in a month or six weeks, the other must depend on the civility of Perry Mason.

They would both come at the end being modern, but if I need write any more to make up the set, I ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
May 11th [1868]

Dear Mr Macmillan We are rather disturbed at the delay in printing the Historical Selections as Miss Sewell cannot do any corrections after the end of June, and as she has all the books and has looked out all the selections I could not supply her place.

I suppose the printers are postponing it to something more interesting, but if they cannot go on at once and finish at the end of June it would be convenient ... continue reading