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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
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... continue reading
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
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... continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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... continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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
It satisfies me all the more as being what I was always inclined to think.
yours affectionately C M Yonge... continue reading
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
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
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
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.
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... continue reading
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
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 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
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... continue reading
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
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