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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My dear Miss Yonge I am exceedingly vexed to find that proofs had not been sent to you of the first number of the 'Dove'. I am afraid that it has been much my fault. But as our Editor has generally been in direct communication with the contributors & has given the printers instructions to send, or sent the proofs himself it did not occur to me, and your notes asking for them did not make ... continue reading

Feby 7th [1890]

Dear Mr Innes I shall be glad to have fresh editions of Beginnings of Christian History and of the Pigeon Pie.

My engineering nephew has routed up an atlas of Keith Johnstone of manageable size. If that does not prove sufficient I shall try Cassell

Yours truly C M Yonge

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Elderfield Otterbourne
Jan 4th 1901

Dear Madam The Last Heartsease Leaves is the little conversation you saw. I let it be reprinted as a contribution to a Church, and it is now to be had from

Miss Marriott Eastleigh Southampton

for sixpence. If you will send her the amount; with postage she will at once forward it to you

Yours truly C M Yonge

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My dear Charlotte, On considering the matter I have come to think it inexpedient that my initials should appear in your book. You see it is quite a different case from the ordinary ones in which that is done. It is not an unknown little bird waiting to be affectionately jerked out of the nest. So far there is no need of an ‘imprimatur’, and do you not think that under the circumstances, it is undesirable ... continue reading