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.
June 9th 1865

My dear Mr Macmillan It does not seem after my last letter that this is the moment to write to you about a fresh plan, but this is a matter that Miss Sewell and I talked over together last winter, and which has been waiting since for her to have time to give her mind to it. I send her letter to speak for itself. You know she has for many years taken girl pupils to ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester,
July 2, 1881.

My dear Florence-

It is a very good story, but I wish it had not been about an election, for I have another election story which I cannot throw over. It is by my poor old friend Fanny Wilbraham, who is so nearly blind that it is a wonder she has written it at all, and it is really very good. It is the conduct of a Cheshire peasant the other day, but she has put ... continue reading

Dear Mr Bullock, I do not know Canterbury well enough to attempt it. I have only seen it three time cursorily once on the day of the Archbishop’s installation- the best person to undertake it would be

Miss Jenner Preston Vicarage Wingham Dover

Bishop Jenner’s daughter who knows the Cathedral well and has a good deal of power of writing

I think I could do Salisbury

Yours truly C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
16 July [1867]

My dear Edith It is a sweet little sad face with the Passion flowers, and we have put it in for Lent. The last verses of the Lenten hymn far on in the book seem to suit it so well. Our criticism was that the glory makes rather a strong line against the right, and perhaps next time you come might be a little toned down, but it is after all the mediaeval habit.

The Haughton ... continue reading