15 June 1844
Charlotte French (later CD) was born at Ripple Vale
, where her family had an estate.
By 28 January 1874
CD published her first novel, the three-decker Chaste as Ice, Pure as Snow
, which the Feminist Companion
calls "forceful though overwritten".
CD's explicitly political short novel A Voice from the Dim-Millions
purported to be the true story of a 'Working-Woman', written by her and only edited by CD. It had a frontispiece by F. Barnard.