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.
Sept 6th [1869]
My dear Charlotte I have never thanked you for that kind note that told me so much and made me able to understand more of how the grievous scene went on, and how that dearest one was taken and now I am wishing to know whether you think uncle James or Mr Rogers had at all apprehended that all the distressing symptoms of some years past were tending that way, as I now suppose they did. ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
[August 1866]

My dear Mrs Warburton, I am sorry to say I have to dine with a great wedding party on Monday at my brother’s, as Miss Walter’s wedding is to be on Tuesday, so that I am obliged to miss the pleasure you kindly propose to me

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
May 24th 1884

Dear Madam

I am afraid I cannot tell you which is my favorite tale- they were written with such different feelings and associations

yours truly C M Yonge

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Elderfield
Novr 5th 1888

Dear Mr Innes

The copies to Canon Warburton were for presentation to the Central libraries of our Diocesan Society for Higher Religious Education.

I imagine that half a sheet will be quite enough, giving me 4 pages besides those for index and title which I always grudge but I cannot tell till I get the list of make up.

I see Chapman and Hall’s M S will not do. I much dislike stories in dialect and indeed I ... continue reading