1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna

Samuel Austin Allibone, Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 3:2432.



Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, only daughter of the Rev. Michael Browne, of Norwich, was b. in that city about 1792; married captain George Phelan, R. Army, and after his death was united to L. H. J. Tonna; d. at Ramsgate, July 12, 1846. Under the name of Charlotte Elizabeth, she published many religious books and a number of tracts, — widely circulated and very useful, — of which it will be sufficient to give the titles of those comprehended in the American uniform edition in 12 vols. 16mo, pub. by C. Scribner, New York. Contents: Personal Recollections, with a Memoir by L. H. J. Tonna; Helen Fleetwood; Judah's Lion; Judea Capta; The Siege of Derry; Letters from Ireland; The Rockite; Floral Biography; Principalities and Powers; Passing Thoughts; Falsehood and Truth; Isram, a Mexican Tale; Asric, a Missionary Tale; Conformity; The Convent Bell, a Tale.

There is another American edition, — The Works of Charlotte Elizabeth, (Mrs. Tonna,) with an Introduction by Mrs. H. B. Stowe, N. York, 1845, 3 vols, 8vo, — and a collection entitled Charlotte Elizabeth Stories, new ed., Sheldon and Co., N. York, 1868, 8 vols, 16mo. Of some of her principal works the last London editions are: Floral Biography, 1860, 12mo; Judah's Lion, 24th 1000, 1868, cr. 8vo; The Siege of Derry, 1862, fp. 8vo; Rachel, 1862, p. 8vo; Helen Fleetwood, 4th ed., 1863, fp. 8vo; Chapters and Flowers, 10th ed., 1866, r. 8vo; Philip and his Garden, 1868, 12mo. She pub. English Martyrology, Abridged from Foxe, 1838, 2 vols fp. 8vo; and from 1834 until her death, edited The Christian Lady's Magazine. See her Personal Recollections, 1841, 12mo, 4th ed., 1853, 12mo; A Memoir of Charlotte Elizabeth, by L. H. J. Tonna, 1847, 12mo; Lon. Gent. Mag., 1846, ii. 433, (Obituary.)