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Letter from Alfred Gissing to Winifred Isaac. He writes: It is kind of you to send me such a nice letter, & to let me see the criticisms of my father. My attitude to the whole thing is perhaps a little too far-sighted. The opinions of these people have very little value for good or evil. I should greatly like to see the Gissing-Wells correspondence, which has no doubt much of interest in it. But these journalist-critics have minds only for the surface of things, & have never yet learnt, & never will learn, to think intelligently. Their style is commercial, & their aims are commercial. There is no intellect behind what they say... As to my father, not one of these offensive remarks can harm his memory. He never concerned himself with such journalism or such a public, & if he knows about them now, he is indifferent to them... The article is mean & false. Dr. Young will agree, I am sure... I don't know what has happened about the Bertz correspondence. I hope it will appear, for I feel sure that the letters will show my father in a truer light than most other letters do. The Wells-Gissing partnership was short and uncertain.

Dated at Les Marécottes (Valais), Switzerland.