Letter

Scope and Content

Letter from George Gissing to Ernest Lionel Allhusen (1875-1943), a correspondent of Gissing and a collector of his works. In a previous letter Allhusen has informed Gissing of his impending move to Australia. Gissing replies: "I am grieved to learn that you feel obliged to go forth from the good old country, & that you look so darkly to the future. But so let me try to turn your thoughts to a lighter side of the matter... a cultivated Englishman going to the colonies goes with a very important mission. When we think of the struggle that doubtless lies ahead of the Anglo-Saxon race, must we not gravely hope that in Australia and elsewhere there are serious spirited men working, however humbly & obscurely, to maintain a good feeling between mother country & Colonies? I believe that every colonist can do something to that end, & that it is part of a great work."

Dated at Via Delle Belle Arti, 18, 3° piano, Siena, Italy.

Gissing makes reference to the letter from Allhusen, and his own response, in his diary entry for the same date; see Pierre Coustillas, London and the life of literature in late Victorian England: the diary of George Gissing, novelist (Lewisburg, USA: Bucknell University Press, 1978) p. 448.

Includes envelope.

Bibliography

Published in P.F. Mattheisen, et al., The collected letters of George Gissing, volume six, 1895-1897 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), pp. 353-4 .