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
Feb 12th 1885

My dear Mrs Blackburn,

It is very pleasant to hear from you again! Someone ought to collect versions of Father Isams[?] and Sister Katieaia[?] (as she was in my time) Our school children have been seeing [sic] playing at them in Church. I should not have understood but my mother and her half sister had played at it in their childhood without understanding it. A few years ago one of my cousins saw another - a ... continue reading

Nov 1st [1865]

Dear Mr Macmillan By no means did I mean the graceful little lamp on Golden Deeds - nor the Dove in the Sunday Book - nor the well in Cawnpore. I meant such a high priest and book as are outside Smith’s Biblical dictionary; or some of the whole pictures of men and women one often sees upon books, - spoiling the whole effect of the real illustration within. It was odd that I asked my ... continue reading

My dear Sir,

Your paper on Bridge Bracing has not come to hand. I am rather hesitant whether Mr Masson has any article on American affairs for the September number. If he has not I will ask him to see whether yours wd suit him. You know he is the chief who has authority. I shall be very glad if it does.

In the mean time I tell you that the paper has not reached ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Novr 9th 1877

My dear Miss Smith

I am afraid I do not quite remember the terms of the advertisement Can you send it to me again or its substance within the next few days. I ought not to have sent it or the address to her friends away but things do so accumulate that I am glad to make space! Here is a query which concerns you, and perhaps you will answer direct as ... continue reading