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Letter from George Gissing to Nelly. He writes with general news: Alg. [his brother Algernon] troubles me by telling me that your work is a good deal too much for you, & that [you] are often made quite out of sorts by it. You must try & not let it be so. After all, consider that no lessons on earth are worth one's getting ill over them, & that it matters very little indeed whether one is a place higher or lower in an examination. There is a long life to be lived when all examinations have become things of the past, & it is that which must be principally thought of.

Dated at 29 Dorchester Place, Blandford Square, [London] N.W.


Published in P.F. Mattheisen, et al., The collected letters of George Gissing, volume two, 1881-1885 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), pp. 94-5.