A Letter by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

A Letter by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a letter written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The World of Trade (Frankfurt, Germany) on 15 january 1920.


A Letter by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir, — I have no ill feeling against you, but we have suffered so heavily in this country from the policy of your rulers, which has never been in any way apologised for or atoned for by your people, that we all have a horror of Germany and all things connected with it. Hardly a family in the land has escaped loss, rich or poor, and all because we were placed in the dilemma ofeither incurring these losses, or forfeiting our nation's honour for ever by breaking our solemn promise to defend Belgium. We chose the path of honour and duty but it has cost us dear and we have no love for those who as Prince Lichnowsky's report shows, forced us into such a position against every effort our Statesmen could make. That will be the feeling of all this generation of Britons, but a full admission of error and expression of sorrow may at last bring an appeasement.

Yours sincerely,

Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, Dec. 9 1919.