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 [1898?]

My dear Bea, No doubt this extract is what Carlyle went upon. Oliver Cromwell’s - or the Commonwealth Great Seal as figured by Knight has the map of England and Ireland on one side, and (apparently) parliament sitting on the reverse. The authority for it is not given. Rapin’s history however says that Richard had a new Great seal made for himself, and this must be the thing that was hidden, as it was an awkward ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne
Mar 6d [1898]

Dear Mr Macmillan I have been so often asked for a cheaper edition of my novels that I am delighted to hear that you are beginning on one of them, and I hope it will answer so well that you may follow it up with others

I hope by the 1st of July to send you the 'Parishes of John Keble’. It is being looked over by the Heathcote family now, and I shall not have it ... continue reading

June 23d [1856]

My dear Miss Butler Many thanks for Chapter XV which is very lively and promising, and in itself is all that the Packet could wish, though of course I know it is but a single brick of the house which you have not yet built. It amused us exceedingly, and your writing is so easy to read that it is as pleasant as having a chapter of some printed book sent to us. Shall ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Feb 22d [1864-9]

My dear Miss Barlow It is a very difficult question to answer. As far as my knowledge of publishers goes, the fate of a MS chiefly depends on what they have occasion for at the time, and there is nothing for it but to try them all round, beginning perhaps with Masters. I really do not know what else is to be done

yours sincerely C M Yonge

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