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.
Aug 3d 1877

My dear Christabel

Here are only two Goslings and those very poor ones. Mayfly says she has had no questions since April. Moreover Frog is going to be married in September so do not you really think it would be better to give a coup de grace to the Goslings and let them turn into Spiders. Somehow I think we might let each spider in rotation send me up a few questions to ... continue reading

Otterbourne, Winchester.
Nov 3d 1860

My dear Miss Warren,

Many thanks for your three letters and their enclosures. I am very glad the Society has taken it up, for not only will it now be cheaper and better got up, but it is a relief from responsibility - Miss Goodrich is personally known to Mr Evans, and has written a good many little books and tracts for the SPCK -'The cross bearer' - Faith Ashwin, the Chamois Hunters &c- Fanny Wilbraham ... continue reading

[spring 1839]

[To Anne] I am going to Hursley to-day to stay with Mr. Keble, in the hopes of hastening the departure of this tiresome cold. I like the thought of the visit very much, though it being the first time of my staying out by myself, how I shall manage winding up my watch remains to be proved.

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My dear Marianne- The day went in this way yesterday---towards eleven o’clock there was a bell, and we all went down and wandered in the garden till everybody was assembled, then we went to M. Guizot’s study and had prayers, he reading a chapter of St. Matthew, and Mme. de Witt making a short prayer of it, ending with the Lord’s Prayer. Then came the post and breakfast, upon rissoles, fried potatoes, fruit and vin ordinaire, ... continue reading