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.
May 10th [1885]

My dear Mrs Joyce,

I am sorry to say I must ask you to put off your kind visit till next week.

My sister in law’s brother, Charles Walter, has been killed in Alderney by a fall from his dog cart. He is to be buried on Tuesday, beside his father at Winchester, and the relations will be in and out here to see the poor invalid sister so that I cannot venture to have anyone ... continue reading

April 2nd [1856]

Madam, I delayed to thank you for your M S, till I had had time to read it. It is a very well told story, and I shall have great pleasure in inserting it in an early number of the ensuing volume, either in July or August. The only criticism I should make, is that the boys are rather too old, even at that date, for a schoolroom tea, especially Johnnie, if he had ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Decr 12th [1877]

Dear Miss O’Brien

The printers have not sent your proofs in time for you to correct but I still send them to you.


I can get another into February if you will send it to me

yours truly C M Yonge

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My dear Madam I sent you the Policy on Saturday & I hope by this time you have received it The Policy now is transferred to Miss Yonge she being entitled to it having paid the £1000 & I believe all the interest & premiums, however as she wished me to send it to you I did so. I understood from Miss Yonge that she had certain intentions with regard to the Policy, but ... continue reading