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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Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Novr 30th 1897

Dear Mr Macmillan I wish to consult you on a matter that I am taking in hand.

Hursley - beside the recent association with Mr Keble has a good deal of local interest connected with it. It has the remains of an old Castle destroyed in Stephen’s time, and the customs of the manor’ are all complete

There are a few curious local anecdotes connected with the place, and there is correspondence in Cromwell’s life about his son ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Jany 19th 1874

Dear Mr Macmillan I am trying the abridging process upon Bishop Patteson, but I hope the latter part can wait to be reprinted till I get the corrections from the Mission itself.

I am much afraid that Lady Martin’s recollections about New Zealand, about which I wrote to you have been lost on the voyage. They were announced, and enquired after, but never appeared

I see the third volume of the Scripture Readings must stop with Daniel’s ... continue reading

[To Charlotte Anne Elizabeth Moberly

I am exceedingly enjoying those dear old times. It is such a living over again of the dear golden age of our lives. I have made a few notes in pencil. . . I quite dreaded the first wedding. I keep it for my last hour before going to bed. I think I must put in when all the children were found on the landing ... continue reading

Oct 24th 1895

My dear Miss Wordsworth I had just got a fresh railway book and studied possibilities, and I find that I had better come by the train that gets in at 4.25 so that I shall be with you by tea time. I propose to go home on Wednesday at 3.15 so as to be able to go to the Cathedral and see my pupil teacher

Yours very sincerely C M Yonge

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