Box Hill, Dorking, [Surrey]: 21 November 1901.
4 pp., pen and ink on laid paper, watermarked Joynson Superfine, headed Box Hill, Dorking. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Meredith to Gissing: ‘for you to take your place among our best’. Fine. Provenance: Gabrielle Fleury to Robert Le Mallier; Sotheby’s (23 Nov. 1971), lot 700 (cited in Gissing Newsletter 8:1, Jan. 1972); Sotheby Parke Bernet (London), 23 July 1979, lot 256, to Al Slotnick. Item #301674
Novelist George Meredith (1828-1909) writes his friend George Gissing (1857-1903), acknowledging his latest book, and asking about Gissing‘s health, reading (in part):
“The title of your present abode indicates the open air cure. Let me know, if you can find time, how it affects you, & whether you are strengthened to work, as I trust you are, for a clear way is open to you now, & only the fair state of health is wanted for you to take your place among our best.”
A touching solicitous letter from the great elder author, himself no stranger to controversy, to the ill-starred but critically acclaimed Gissing.
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