Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

Interesting 1926 ALS remarking on his desire to offend Protestant and Catholic bigots

Price: $1350.00

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(1859-1930) British physician and author, best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes stories from 1887-1905. Boer War and WW I historian, later champion of spiritualism. He was born in a very strict Roman Catholic family but first began to doubt his faith during his years in Jesuit schools. When he entered the University of Edinburgh at 17, he was, by his own account, a nonbeliever. He continued to investigate religions to fill a void he felt without a religious foundation. However, he refused to accept any religion that required "blind faith." Instead, Conan Doyle insisted, "Never will I accept anything which cannot be proved to me. The evils of religion have all come from accepting things which cannot be proved." Conan Doyle found himself caught in the conflict of science and religion: the Roman Catholic in him needed to know that life continued after death; the scientist in him refused to believe without definite proof. He became an agnostic and later a spiritualist mystic. Most interesting ALS on 6 ¾ x 5 ½ engraved Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, letterhead, March 4 1926, to Colonel Hausford (Hanford?), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Canada. Doyle thanks him for a paper, stating: "I am pleased to be reviled by a Protestant papers [sic], for as the Catholic ones have never anything too civil to say which they do not say of me, it shows that I have offended the bigots of both sides - which is what I would desire." With Doyle’s holograph addressed envelope.

Condition: Very good, folds; envelope with few light spots
Type:Letter






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