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DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan (1859-1930). Creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Autograph Letter Signed to General Enesy in Budapest, 2 pages small 4to, Windlesham, Crowborough, 'May 20', no year. Thanking him for congratulations on his 70th birthday, hoping that he may still visit the European capitals, and expressing his views on the reshaping of national boundaries in Eastern Europe.
'... The war has left several bad wounds, and certainly none worse than Hungary. The general idea was self determination, that each nation should group itself together and so far as possible govern itself. ...'
Conan Doyle compares the plight of the Magyars left within Czech national borders to the English 'Loyalists' remaining in Southern Ireland, concluding '... At present only 3 per cent of European people live under an alien flag, so on the whole the treaties have not done badly.'
Throughout his life Conan Doyle remained firmly patriotic. He offered his services as senior physician during the South African war of 1899 to 1902, and later wrote a pamphlet justifying England's actions in declaring war against the Boers.
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