CHARLOTTE M YONGE Autograph Letter Signed.
Charlotte Mary Yonge. British (English) novelist and philanthropist.
ALS. 3pp. Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester. April 20th [no year]. To "My dear Fanny".
"I am shocked to think that I never answered your letter. I can't think how it was that I did not. I am afraid I can't make out that we have anything to do with Z...[?]. Ours is a Guild for home and foreign missions, and the foreign may be special or SPG. So I am afraid we have no right to look to you. I am afraid Joanna is having a full taste of the eastest of winds at Andover. Your affectionate cousin," [etc].
12mo. Approx 6.25 x 4 inches. Mounting traces to blank verso of last leaf. Very good.
Charlotte M Yonge was a prolific author best known for the novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1853). She was known as the "novelist of the Oxford Movement" through her association with John Keble and her concern with Anglo-Catholicism. She was a literary influencer and was much admired by George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Anthony Trollope, Edward Burne-Jones and WILLIAM MORRIS and the medieval themes of the Heir of Redclyffe were taken as guiding elements in the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. She often used the considerable proceeds from her novels to fund charitable ventures.