Letters 1 to 65 out of 65
[after 1866]

Dear Miss Phillpotts, It seems hardly fair to have kept your paper several days, when the Monthly Packet is obliged to 'draw a line' against the numerous Missionary Papers it might have, but I wanted to show it to Miss Crawley - who you know, as well as Miss Morshead was one of the first Sisters.

She begged to keep a copy of it, and I think it would be most advisable to publish it. I was ... continue reading

[“early” 1866]
[To Margaret Gatty]

Pray tell Juliana that I have been told of a master at Rugby who was so fascinated with The Brownies that he ordered all the 30 old volumes of the magazine for his house!

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Dear Mr Macmillan I think I was to have 6 copies of the Prince and Page sent to myself - also in the same parcel one of the Heir of Redclyffe. I have seen nothing of them so perhaps they have been forgotten or come to some mischance by the way.

With all new years greetings Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Epiphany [6 January 1866]

My dear Mr Macmillan, The books came last night all right - many thanks. There are some touches to be put to the Dove in the Eagle’s Nest for which I had better have the proof sheets. Indeed I think that printers are very apt to make quite gratuitous mistakes in working from what is in type.

I am told that the Latin word on Ebbo’s tomb is wrong, and ought to be Demum, indeed I ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourn
Jan 9th [1866]

My dear Miss Erskine I have asked Ivanovna to write to you herself as what I know comes chiefly from her. She is Miss Johanna Batty, I believe her father was a general, and she is very learned in all charities.

In haste yours sincerely C M Yonge

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My dear Christabel, I should have said that I think you must specify your stones, there are such a frightful number- Pray have opal and turquoise- One for its weird history, the other for its nature- but exclude all the stupid ones, like garnets &c or we shall be swamped - I shall send the parcel on Monday - Meantime I send you the grand Goslings acceptance - I think Fernseed must be her name - ... continue reading

Dear Mr Macmillan, Thanks for your kind letter and for the payment. I quite agree to the Sunday Library being brought out in parts, as a good plan. I think if it were made pretty and attractive children would take it in for themselves. The difficulty to me at present seems to be, how to embrace the various subjects without being desultory. I suppose you mean that each part would be complete in itself, though three ... continue reading

My dear Miss Smith Here is for Georgie who really has been a most brilliant and successful story that every body has liked. I wonder when you will have another such to send me. It is a long time since I have heard of you, but I hope you have been well. This has been a sad winter in many ways.

yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Jan 31st 1866

Dear Mr Macmillan Thank you for your kind full letter. I feel great confidence in Dr Vaughan, and should consider his as a very safe name to sanction the Library; and I think all the arrangements shew great consideration for my views. I think I could well work under them. I believe that the toleration that you ascribe to me is rather for persons than principles. I do very greatly admire many persons who I think ... continue reading

Febry 3d [1866]

My dear Henrietta I believe Goosedom is to be revived in the new members, not that new ones are ever so good as old. The two first proposed are accepted, and I hope your Lilian will be, but you will hear from the Secretary. I am afraid I did not find her out at the Patteson’s party. We shall have to make a new arrangement as to circulation which you shall hear in the next Cackle ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Febry 5th [1866]

Dear Mr Macmillan, I should very much like Miss Keary’s help in the Sunday Library. Mr Ashwell the Principal of the Training College at Durham is the gentleman I should most like to ask for help, but I had rather not ask him till we have the sanction of Dr Vaughan’s name.

I only hope he (Mr A) may have time, but gentlemen are always so busy, and it is but a very select few who can ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Feb 17th [1866]

My dear Mr Macmillan I am sorry that Dr Vaughan cannot undertake to give us his name. I wish indeed that the Archbishop of Dublin could, but if it is in vain to fly so high, what do you think of Dean Alford? I do not know him personally, nor would his name give the same complete confidence to the High Church as those before mentioned, but it might be the best attainable.

I had only thought ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Feb 21st 1866

My dear Miss Ingelow This is Mr Stone’s answer about the knight of Intercession. It seems to be one of the legends that evades all search. How would it be to send a question to Notes and Queries?

I have been wishing to tell you that the last sermon that I heard Mr Keble preach, a year and half ago, - one on the anniversary of his Church Consecration, he brought in a sentence about the ... continue reading

My dear Miss Sewell, I ought to have answered you long ago that I am very glad that you are as Hampshire people say 'tackling' that beginning of mine

I suppose Carter’s history was the other authority for Hereward that I proposed, I have however a great mind for Thierry, as the place where I fell in love with him first. Perhaps I had better send you the book, or shall I translate it, I think I ... continue reading

My dear Cobweb, You have been very ill used, but first Fanny Patteson was here, and I was idle, and since that I have not been well and have been more idle. The Acrostic is capital – I always like those that are all quotation- and I am very glad to see the composers going on, this last is a very entertaining piece

Pray excuse my great stupidity your affectionate Mother Goose

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March 19th [1866]

Dear Mr Macmillan, I have been slow in answering you, but the fact is that I have been rather knocked down by a bad cold, and reduced to little more energy than is necessary to look over the sheets of the Dove. Indeed I am told to do as little as possible just now, and therefore I think I must lay aside that which I have hardly taken up the Sunday Library superintendence. I am sure ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
March 27th 1866

Dear Mr Macmillan, I am in rather a fitter condition for thinking than I was in when I wrote my last note, being really under the necessity of getting the subject off my mind, as a bad attack of influenza set it haunting me. Now I am all right again only still obliged to do little, and to look forward to a holiday in Devonshire in May. Meantime I still feel strongly that I could not ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester,
March 29, 1866.

My dear Anne- Thanks for your note in your haste. Of course we each meant 5s., I only wish it was more, though I don’t know that I should be writing to-day to say so if I did not want to tell you of what our hearts are so full of, namely, Mr. Keble’s state. He had seemed well and cheerful through all the fluctuations of her state, and had written a comfortable note to [[person:930]Miss ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester
Good Friday [30 March], 1866

My dear Anne As we fully expected, the holy and blessed spirit went to its rest at one o’clock on Thursday morning; the other gentle spirit is placidly waiting her call to be with him. She slept quietly after having given thanks after it was over, but was much overcome on wakening, and this is the last we know of her. I should feel comforted to know the rest had come, which cannot be far off ... continue reading

Easter Eve [31 March], 1866.

It is quite a comfort, my dear Mrs. Moberly, to have your letter, and to answer it immediately. And it is better to write than to see you; our hearts would be too full for speech. Charlotte and I can only trust ourselves to talk at times. It comes at the best possible time for us all; these services are so especially full of Mr. Keble. At the same time we are quite alive to ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 4th [1866]
My dear Miss Sewell, My copies of Giles and Stanley are not bound, nor likely come to harm, and I had rather pack them and leave them at Miss Yard’s for you. If you will tell me what other books you want besides Fabyan, I will write a note desiring them to be sent to me to your care at Bonchurch (I did not see this ghastly shape of paper till I had committed myself to ... continue reading

My dear Mrs Mozley, I answer your kind letter at once, without waiting till after to-morrow because I have promised to write to many then. We did feel stunned indeed all the Good Friday though we had known the day before that there was nothing else to look for, and we were (and are) most thankful that he is spared the solitude that she so much dreaded for him, that she had always wished that she ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 5th [1866]

Madam, I am very sorry your last letter was so long unanswered from my having lost it. I fancy I must have torn it up, deceived by the general appearance being like that of the letters of a frequent correspondent. The Lutheran First Communion is at p. 544 of Vol 30—the Bells at Weisbaden at 441 of 29. The amount due for them is 30/ which I will send if you will send me your Christian ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester
April 6, 1866

My dear Anne Most peaceful, most gentle has the day been. The Psalms suited perfectly, and while we said ‘In His pleasure is Life,’ a butterfly flew about in the sunshine in church. I had a short talk with the Bishop of Brechin and told him your abode, and he hopes to come and see you about the end of the week. You had not sent me the Hursley letter about our dear Louisa. When you ... continue reading

[7? April 1866]

It was the one bright, beautiful day of a cold, wet spring, and the celandines spread and glistened like stars round the grave where we laid him, and bade him our last 'God be with you' with the 23rd Psalm, and went home, hoping that he would not blame us for irreverence for thinking of him in words applied to the first saint who bore his name: 'He was a burning and a shining light, ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 19th [1866]

Dear Mr Macmillan, Thanks. A parcel sent to me on Friday directed not to Winchester, but to Bishopstoke Station would be nearly sure to come in time, but we often have delays at Winchester. I am sending the revise of the preface today.

I will write about the other copies - but I have not time to write out the addresses at this moment. I rather regret the view of Ulm. General illustrating of the whole set ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 19th 1866

Dear Mr Macmillan Our start from home is fixed for the 30th of this month. I suppose there is no chance of my getting any copies of the Dove before I start. I was obliged to delay further by having a revise of the preface where the printers had contrived to make a good many gratuitous mistakes. I never knew Messrs Clay so long printing anything. If there is no chance of your sending me a ... continue reading

My dear Cousin, I write a line at once in reply to a letter of January 29, for I see that a great sorrow is hanging over you, is perhaps already fallen on you, and I would fain say my word of sympathy, possibly of comfort.

One, perhaps, of the great blessings that a person in my position enjoys is that he must perforce see through the present gloom occasioned by loss of present companionship on to ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 26th [1866]

Dear Mr Macmillan, I enclose the list of the other copies of the Dove to be sent out besides my own dozen. Our day of departure is still fixed for Monday, but it is very likely to be put off till Friday. I suppose you naturally send copies of my books to the Guardian but it is odd how it has ceased to notice them.

If Miss Keary’s new book is finished at the same time, I ... continue reading

New College
May 3d [1866]

My dear Miss Smith I remembered with consternation this morning that I had never answered about your poor girl. I hope if we had had a vote to give that I should have behaved better, but the fact is that there is a child from the parish where my grandfather was Rector whom we must vote for till he is disposed of. I always feel very sore about that Asylum, having subscribed for an idiot of ... continue reading

Dear Mr Dodgson Your kind note and parcel have followed me here, and much obliged we are for them. We - and all the party here - think these by far the best photos that have yet been taken of me - and they are pronounced to be excellent likenesses of us both, as I am sure they are admirable photographs. Would you let us have - on the purchasing terms - half a dozen of ... continue reading

Dear Madam, I have today paid to your credit with Hoare & Co - £200 – as arranged for the “Dove”. Mr Macmillan has just left, and he asked me to say that a copy has been today sent to Lt. Col. Hall. I am glad to say that we have had a very good start Yours faithfully Geo Lillie Craik Miss Yonge     ... continue reading
May 1866

My dear Mrs. Moberly, Only think of Mr. Butler’s being so kind as to take me to Fairford yesterday - 18 miles, with his brisk black pony. And there with the beautiful sunshine we saw everything to the greatest advantage. The colouring of the memorable windows is much what the east window of the Cathedral was before it was cleaned and spoilt; the same rich dusky blue and red. But these grand colours were as charily ... continue reading

My dear Miss Keary Here I am in the depths of Devonshire which must account for my not having sooner answered your letter. We both got out of sorts and wanted a change so here we are, thinking this beautiful county infinitely more beautiful in spring than in autumn, the red earth and young green contrast so beautifully together.

I think it does seem wise to complete the Scandinavian sketches with Magnus, and the Siamese bits that ... continue reading

My dear Miss Yonge, Except for a possible visit to [illegible] Lodge on Saturday, whence I shall return on Monday, I will be at home all the 10 days from the 20th and it will be a great pleasure to me to see you. I have several matters which I should wish to talk over with you. I am sorry I can say little about  Mr J[illegible]  in [illegible] my dear Sister-in-law. We are not losing [illegible]  ... continue reading
June 18th [1866]

My dear Miss Erskine, Your letter only came to me this morning as you see I am on my travels - so though it is before Tuesday, I think I had better answer to May. I shall be at 45 Westbourne Terrace for a few days after Wednesday, and shall I hope have a good sight of Mary Coleridge whom I have quite missed in Devonshire

I have told Ivanova (Miss Batty) of the Institution, and if ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 4th [1866]

Dear Mr Macmillan, I have now had time to think over the Book of Heroes, and have been making out a list of those whom I think worthy of the name.

But two or three difficulties occur to me.

In the first place is not the name too much like Mr Kingsley’s mythological book? People could never be expected to keep 'the Heroes' and the Book of the Heroes distinct in their minds. I think if I had ... continue reading

Dear Miss Yonge Mr Craik’s title was Heroes of History, which was less objectionable than A Book of Heroes as regards the chance of confusion with Mr Kingsley's. Still there is some objection to it. It had not struck either of us before, but we both feel it now when you point it out. How would “A Book of Worthies” do? There is the old “Scotch Worthies” and “Worthies of France” and Fuller’s “worthies”. The first objection ... continue reading
My dear Miss Yonge, I return the France, which indeed I ought to have done yesterday, when I wrote you that I had seen the delegates. I shall quite count on your doing the smaller book for us, as you kindly agree. Mrs Craik suggests “Heroic Lives of all times &.” I adhere to the Book of Worthies. Yours very faithfully A. Macmillan ... continue reading
July 11th [1866]

Dear Mr Macmillan, I like the name of the Book of Worthies. I think I might begin with mentioning the old Nine Worthies, and then say that here we set forth whatever multiple of nine it may be possible to produce.

I believe that 'nine-worthiness' is a word, which perhaps may sanction it! though I am afraid it is only one of the Carlyle’s words.

Worthy is a vague word, which is convenient. How would 'Good men and ... continue reading

[Bauro, now San Cristobal, Solomon Islands]
[July 1866]

You know that I look upon the training up of native scholars as the real hope of something being done. But it is during the immediate stage that men of the right sort would be so valuable.

It is in my want of managing and organising an English staff far more than in my direct dealings with Melanesians that I am conscious of my great deficiencies, unfitness, in short, for the leader’s place. Think if [[person:929]Bishop ... continue reading

My dear Mrs Keble How very stupid and ungrateful you must have thought me, but I never saw your Son’s letter when I opened – and answered yours, and only found it this morning.

It satisfies me all the more as being what I was always inclined to think.

yours affectionately C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
[August 1866]

My dear Mrs Warburton, I am sorry to say I have to dine with a great wedding party on Monday at my brother’s, as Miss Walter’s wedding is to be on Tuesday, so that I am obliged to miss the pleasure you kindly propose to me

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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[21 August 1866]

My dear Miss Smith Thank you for the Acrostic, but I had decided on leaving that field to the Magazine for the Young, which always has a batch of Acrostics at Christmas. I have so often refused them on that score that I could not take these. We guessed all except the two Es, which I do not quite understand, unless it means Edward and Elizabeth - and for Idiot too we had to go to ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
evening September 1st [1866?]

My dear Miss Jacob, We were so sorry to have missed you. I meant to have written that same evening but somehow missed doing so. If you can give us another chance, the best time would be earlier in the day - as my mother now does not leave her room till 2 or 3 o’clock so that if you could drive over in the forenoon, and stay to luncheon, we should be more sure of ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Sept 3d 1866

Dear Mr Macmillan, I see Old Sir Douglas is living and thriving once more, so I write to ask whether you wish for the first instalment of the Chaplet of Pearls for October, or whether you wish to wait till the end of one of the present stories. I have written almost to the end, but it wants plenty of re-touching. I have had so much interruption that I /often could not go into work that ... continue reading

Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                   Sept 6 1866 We shall look forward to the Chaplet of Pearls beginning as soon as either “Old Sir Douglas” or “The Silcotes” cease. It will be, I venture to think, one of your most popular books, and ought not to be the worse for a little mellowing. I am going down to Scotland with my wife tomorrow morning, and will be away for a fortnight. After that I hope to be at home ... continue reading
[At sea off Norfolk Island, then at Kohimarama, now Mission Bay, New Zealand]
October 6, 1866.

And so, my dear Cousin, the blow has fallen upon you, and dear Mr. and Mrs. Keble have passed away to their eternal rest. I found letters at Norfolk Island on October 2, not my April letters, which will tell me most about him, but my May budget.

How very touching the account is which my Uncle John sends me of dear Mrs. Keble, so thankful that he was taken first, so desirous to go, yet ... continue reading

My dear Miss Yonge                                                              Oct 8 1866 I have a good many things to write to you about, but I am going to confine myself at present to one. You remember our projected Sunday Library and the several difficulties we found among those writers quite adequate for various subjects, a free Church Minister in Glasgow has written a series of papers on Natural History subjects (he is an accomplished naturalist) connected with the Bible. He has sent ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Oct 10th 1866

Dear Sir, Many thanks for the poem which is to be placed with a collection of autographs made by a member of my family

Yours truly C M Yonge

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My dear Miss Yonge I am glad you like my kinsmans work.  I am venturing to send him your good opinion as he is a man of a genuine modesty of temper, a [<i>sic</i>]. I think he is a man of true genius. And a word of praise from a competent judge cannot but be pleasant.  By all means keep the papers for leisurely [<i>sic</i>] reading. About the end of next week I should like to ... continue reading
Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                   Oct 26 1866 Mr Williams of W. & Norgate tells me that reserved rights which are made [illegible]  [illegible]  [illegible]  are for twelve months after publication cease to exist and [illegible]  [illegible] copyright treaty was only made in 1853 so you are quite safe in all aspects. I shall be very glad to hear the results of your consultation with Miss Sewell, and hope very much that something really valuable can come of your ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Oct 26th 1866

Dear Mr Macmillan, Can you tell me how far back in time the reservation of the right of translation goes-? There is a pretty story of Paul Feval’s in the Feé des Grèves which my mother translated, and I want to have in the Monthly Packet. It was printed in 1853, and is out of print in France, and there is no notice of reservation of translation in the title page - however by way of ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Oct 26th 1866

My dear Mr Macmillan, We - ie Miss Sewell and I - send off by train today the first section of our extracts for your inspection. They are intended to cover the reigns of Williams I & II, exclusive of the first Crusade - which is to class in with the other crusades in the next division. There is a list in the pencil of the Authors and subjects, we took long pieces because there is ... continue reading

My dear Cousin, You know why I write to you on this day. The Communion of Saints becomes ever a more and more real thing to us as holy and saintly servants of God pass beyond the veil, as also we learn to know and love more and more our dear fellow-labourers and fellow-pilgrims still among us in the flesh.

Such a day as this brings, thanks be to God, many calm, peaceful memories with it. Of ... continue reading

Dear Miss Yonge, How does page(?) suit your idea of the History book? What you sent me was about 240 pages like the specimens. So the whole would be too much for one volume. Can we make two - or three? Are there any natural divisions? Very faithfully yours A. Macmillan Among the books that were transferred to us from Parker are some copies of Dynevor Terrace in the two volume form we don’t sell [illegible]  of course. Had ... continue reading
Dear Miss Yonge, Only a line to say that I have had the [illegible]  of Miss Peards [illegible]. I have been thinking that it would hardly do to begin a Series such as we spoke of with. That it should come some way on. Even among church of England people the History of the Prayer Book is not the most attractive subject, though I do think it about the most useful. Still for a set of ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Novr 19th 1866
Dear Mr Macmillan, You will think there is no end to my tormenting you, but Mr Hugo Borges of Cambridge has been writing to me rather urgently on behalf of his friend Mr Otto Franke, of whom I dare say you have heard, to ask me to let him translate any future novel into German. I answered that what I had in hand was going into your Magazine, and he replies that this is just what ... continue reading
Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                   How do you like this? I think a [illegible] ly cheap book [illegible] [illegible]  made a profit. Yours very f’lly A. Macmillan Alexander Macmillan to Charlotte Mary Yonge Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS.55386 (2) P.701   Dear Miss Yonge,                                           Dec. 3. 1866   I have received ... continue reading
Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                    Your small packet of the Cameos has just reached. I will see about it at once, and answer your enquiries. I saw Mr Layton last week. He said at once that the claim for difference of value in gold was untenable. ... continue reading
Dear Miss Yonge,                                           I have received some copies of Dynevor Terrace. Shall I send them to you or to some place in Brighton? I can probably add a book or two of my own if you say the cause is worthy. I will anyway see about the Cameos very soon and also about Miss Peard. The ... continue reading
Dec 6th [1866]

My dear Anne Mrs Keble has just returned me this, it had no end to it and I hope it ought not. How very interesting it is and how heart stirring Miss Arthur’s letter, which I am sending to Mrs T Keble. Our Nets are not come yet. I forgot to tell you of Miss Parkes’ Vignettes to order. I think you would find much to interest you

Your most affectionate C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Innocents’ day [28 December 1866]

My dear Mr Moor I feel very guilty at not answering you yesterday, but just as I had sat down to write notes, I was interrupted, and all the time after wards went away

We shall be very grateful if you can kindly delight the parish this day week, Friday 4th - and we hope you and Mrs Moor can come to /i e dinner luncheon - so as to have time to arrange the room. ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Dec 30th [1866?]

Madam, The school that I should think more likely to answer your purpose would be St Michael’s, Bognor, which is under the Provostship of Mr Woodward who has done so much for education – I cannot tell what the terms are but I know they are on a less expensive scale than those of schools equally good as education goes, and the doctrine is thoroughly high – The person to address for information is

The Lady Warden St ... continue reading

Dear Miss Yonge,                                                                           I have been going carefully into the question of the Cameos, and this is the result. If we mean to have a large sale, which I think you might have, we must make it rather cheap. ... continue reading