DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan (1859-1930). Creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Autograph Letter Signed to Alfred Austin (incorrectly addressed as 'Sir' Alfred), 1 page 8vo (lightly tipped to an album leaf), Undershaw, Hindhead, 23 November no year.
'... The Committee of the Authors Club have asked me, as their Chairman, to tell you how very pleased we should be if you could do us the honour of dining with us on either Mon. Jan 22nd or Mon. Jan 29th at 7.30 in the Club Room as 3 Whitehall Court. ... [PS] Perhaps you will kindly mention which date is the more convenient to you.'
The Authors' Club was founded by Walter Besant in 1891. According to Conan Doyle's biographer, Martin Booth (The Doctor, the Detective, and Arthur Conan Doyle, (1997)) 'Conan Doyle was a prominent member of this Club, became in time a long-standing chairman and, with Anthony Hope, one of its most prominent members.'
It is curious that Alfred Austin (1835-1913) should have been 'knighted' by Doyle, but he was by the time this letter was written (about 1900 or later) a major figure in the literary establishment and it was perhaps an obvious mistake to make.