[ Charlotte M. Yonge, Victorian novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C M Yonge') to 'Miss Sewell' [Elizabeth Missing Sewell?] regarding books, reviews and Hookham's Lending Library.

Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
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28 August [no year]. On letterhead of Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
SKU: 22414

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium of grey paper, with letterhead printed in red. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. The recipient is undoubtedly Elizabeth Missing Sewell or a member of her family, and the letter begins: 'My dear Miss Sewell, | I wish you could have accomplished giving us a day, hoping you might have found me in more lively and sensible trim than when you were here, when I had a headache just enough to make me stupid.' She is going to post her Roscoe's 'William I', which she got 'from the L[ending] Library'. She has not yet read the book, 'but a glance made me think we might get a good extract'. She will send it before 6 September, 'when we go to my uncle's in Devon, a place that always brightens me beyond all others'. She will write again before departing, and returns in October. Changing the subject she writes: 'I was much provoked with the Saturday [Review], it was such a specimen of people reading and misunderstanding things never meant for them. I am vexed not to have had the book yet, Hookham's Library never send above half the books one asks for - and they say it is because people will read nothing but novels'.