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Letter to George Gissing from John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn (1838-1923), politician and writer, whom Gissing met through Frederick Harrison in 1880. The letter relates to an article on social democracy that Gissing submitted to the Pall Mall Gazette, when under Morley's editorship, 1880-1883 (see Pierre Coustillas, London and the life of literature in late Victorian England: the diary of George Gissing (Lewisburg, USA: Bucknell University Press, 1978), p. 282 ).

Morley writes: I shall be glad to use your Notes on Social Democracy. 1. I w[oul]d suggest that you sh[oul]d insert in the early portion a good paragraph giving us a concrete graphic picture of a meeting of one of the London clubs: tobacco, style of speech &c. 2. After enumerating the article of the Socialist programme it might be worth while to add a line or two pointing out how near we approach to socialism in Engl[an]d with our Poor Rates, our vast system of factory legisl[ation], compulsory education, &c. You might add these when the proof reaches you. Have you thought of anything else. I much like the calm style of these notes.

Dated at the Pall Mall Gazette Office.


Published in P.F. Mattheisen, et al., The collected letters of George Gissing, volume one, 1863-1880 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), p. 298 .