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
Feb 1st [1888]

My dear Mrs Drew

No book ever was quite equal to the Conversations with Cousin Rachel, which I believe Masters still publishes. It may here and there seem rather antiquated, but the solid part is of all times. Then there is a little book called ‘Girls’ - published by Skeffington, and one by Lady Barker, published by Hatchard in connection with G F Sfr. I cannot recollect its name, but Hatchard’s list gives it.

As to fiction, ... continue reading

Decr 14th 1891

Dear Mrs Packe I hope the weather will remain fine to the end of this sad day. I shall think of you in the lower end of the Church yard beside the grave of that life long friend. The loss to you must be unspeakable. You and your Sister were with with [sic] her as very little girls, younger than your children are now the first time I ever was at Testwood. ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 12th [1869]

My dear Arthur Clark gives oinos as an original form of Ýíïò, and also of nous, but from the way he bracketted it I fancied he meant it for a form of one dialect, I ought to have verified it.

I see the misunderstanding that brought me wrong in the vocatives - thank you. About the English apostrophe S I meant to say more when I had more space, I only put it there to stand for ... continue reading

Dear Miss Yonge I am very sorry indeed that you should be perplexed about this matter[.] I hope we will be able to arrange it without giving you serious trouble. I was under the impression that you understood that the volume should be about the size of the Hugh Macmillans - between 300 & 400. On May 10 I am sure I wrote to that effect.

As matters stand I think we had better publish in parts ... continue reading