Manuscript Diary

Scope and Content

Pages from Gissing's diary, written when he was twelve: "10th. Saturday. This morning no fresh war news. Germans still reported to be marching on Paris. According to expectations Algie began his turn of the mumps this morning, which I have happily got over. A nice row those three: - Algie, Willie, and Maggie, kick up in that nursery! Not much illness among them. Today I invented, and intend to construct, a little model of a locomotive engine, working by steam, and also a model of a Roman trireme, the oars moving by steam. I have read J. Eastmead's lecture upon Gladstone's book Juventus Mundi. I wish I could have heard the lecture delivered, but I happened to be at the School of Art that night... 12th. Monday. Went to school. Ward who blew his face up with Sodium and Poppleton who fell off a pear tree have not come yet. I hope they will tomorrow. The boys are still getting on with the mumps. The Prussians are still approaching Paris. Nothing else of consequence... 15th. Thursday. This morning is Willie's birthday. I gave him a lead pencil as a present. Father has given us a very nice little book. It is called That's it, or Plain Teaching. It is profusely illustrated having upwards of 1,200 illustrations. It is a book by the author of The Reason Why which I have. I began to do Latin verses today for the first time."


Published in Letters of George Gissing to members of his family, collected and arranged by Algernon and Ellen Gissing (London: Constable & Company Ltd, 1927), pp. 4-7.