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 8 th 1878

My dear Christabel

I never thanked you for your last kind note- The loss out of ones life is very great, though the long weakness and inability to correspond had done much to break the habit of dependance for sympathy & confidence so that one can bear it better than if ‘her sun had gone down while it was yet day’.

I have been making efforts through Mr Awdry to get the Blue Bells taken by ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 30th 1883

Messrs Harper


I am much obliged for your remittance of £5 for Stray Pearls

Yours truly C M Yonge

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My dear Miss Yonge: I will do what you wish as far as I am able at Wakefield but I am very sorry you cannot be there in person.

It will be a great disappointment to many.

If by any possibility you find yourself able to come to the Ch Congress I feel sure you will give great pleasure to the presiding Bishop and the Committee: and that the local authorities will do their best in application to ... continue reading

My dear Miss Sewell What do you say to the name, and the page—as we have in the 1st Crusade, shall you have Gibbon’s first Crusaders at Constantinople.

(N.B.—Gibbon did not blunder about the Athanasian Creed, but the American Church was not in his time.)

And is Anselm to come in.

I have sent for the introduction to re write [sic] it.

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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