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 Henry Mr Steward has written at last. He says two very nice girls Mildred Luckett and Kate Brown will be ready at Christmas, so I am writing to him to engage one of them, and she can talk it over with A. Diddams who can tell her all about the place.

He also gives me a list of ex pupil teachers who could keep school after the 1st of October till the mistress is ready. ... continue reading

May 9th [1870]

My dear Christabel I have my doubts whether you are not in the right and Goosedom has had its day. I do not think that now I have no one to read and discuss the answers with I do my part with the same spirit and effectiveness, and there are not enough Goslings acquainted with each other to keep the thing up with animation. Gaggles used [to] do something, but there has been no ... continue reading

Canal Cottage, Bude, Cornwall
July 18th 1867

Dear Mr Macmillan I enclose my letter to Miss Yonge and will you send it on if you think well, but if not will you tell me what had better be done.

I have read her proofs again & the fact is that she is writing a Sunday Story Book (of which there are thousands) and she will not have the story broken up. It is very prettily told and no doubt will be very taking. Miss ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
April 21st [1893]

Dear Mr Riley Have you Mr H H Gibbs’s name-? He is either at St Dunstans, Regents Park or at Aldenham Elstree I should think no one would be more earnest in the cause than he. I would also mention the publisher - A D Innes 31 Bedford Street Strand. Old Mr Alexander Macmillan I am sure would but I am not so sure of his sons though his partner Mr [[person:379]G ... continue reading