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Letter from Alfred Gissing to Winifred Isaac. He writes: "Thank you very much for your kind thoughts for my father's birthday. The good old days of Queen Victoria, & the literature connected with her reign are indeed far away from us now. I often feel as though I should have like to be among the crowds (not queues) of people who waited outside the theatre in London to see Gilbert and Sullivan for the first time. Public taste then was a little higher than it is now, & my father was fortunate to be alive at that time." He also discusses the novel The Nether World: "I suppose it is really the most impressive of the novels. My father spent much time among the oppressed classes, & saw their lives more vividly than he did those of the happier town-dwellers."

Dated at Barbon, Westmorland, via Carnforth.