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DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan (1859-1930). Creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Autograph Letter Signed to General Enesy in Budapest, 2 pages 4to with autograph envelope (postage stamp removed), 15 Buckingham Palace Mansions, 'Dec 4', date stamped 1929. Sending a book as a Christmas present, regretting he cannot visit due to poor health, and suggesting the formation of a library specialising in psychic books.
'... I wish I could come to you but there is no use holding out false hopes. I really did do useful work in the North but I have paid for it. I was carried off the ship. Now I can't walk 50 yards or dress or undress without palpitations. But though wounded I can still fire my rifle, and there are few days in which I do not defend our mediums in the press. ...'
Conan Doyle became absorbed by spiritualism in the later years of his life, writing and lecturing on the subject. The lecture tour he refers to was his final one, as he was mainly bedridden from angina upon his return.
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