Manuscript Verse

Scope and Content

This verse, though written by Gissing, is a copy in the hand of Edward Clodd (1840-1930), banker, popular anthropologist and friend of Gissing. The short verse is initialled G.G. and dated at Aldeburgh, Whitsuntide. The MS is signed by L.F. Austin, George Gissing, Gant Allen, George Whale, Clement Shorter, Benjamin Richardson and Edward Clodd.

Gissing refers to his visit to Clodd's house in his diary on 6 June: "These men's parties at Whitsuntide have been an institution with Clodd for many years; he has had numbers of well-known men down at his house. Everything simple, but great geniality and heartiness. On Saturday we sailed in Clodd's boat, the Lotus, to Orford, and had our lunch in the banqueting room of the Castle... On Monday morning we sailed up and down for a couple of hours, returning for lunch. This being our last day I was asked to write some verses to celebrate the holiday. They were copied seven times, and each copy signed by all of us." (Coustillas, Diary, pp. 374-5). Gissing also makes reference to this verse in a letter to Clara Collet on 6 June, for a copy of which see GRG/2/3/10/3/3 .

Bibliography

Published in Edward Clodd, Memories (London: Chapman and Hall, 1916) , and Pierre Coustillas (ed.), The Letters of George Gissing to Edward Clodd (London: Enitharmon Press, 1973) .