Justin McCarthy as a Novelist and Historian

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

On tuesday 31 january 1888, Arthur Conan Doyle attended and spoke after the lecture about "Justin McCarthy" by A. W. Jerrard at the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society (PLSS) meeting held at the Guildhall (Portsmouth).


  • President/Chairman
    • Mr. J. Hay
  • Speakers
    • Mr. A. W. Jerrard (head-master of the Portsmouth Grammar School)
    • Mr. James Hay
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins
  • Attendees
    • Mr. A. Addison (The Mayor of Portsmouth)
    • Rev. E. P. Grant
    • General A. W. Drayson, F.R.A.S.
    • Col. J. E. Taylor
    • Colonel T. Bryson
    • Colonel Mahony
    • Dr. C. C. Claremont
    • Dr. R. Lyddon
    • Dr. Bernard J. Guillemard
    • Dr. Bampton Wright
    • Dr. Conor
    • Dr. H. H. Heffernan
    • Mr. A. W. Jerrard
    • Mr. H. Percy Boulnois
    • Mr. J. H. Ball
    • Mr. W. Weston
    • Mr. G. L. Green
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan
    • Mr. G. Ollis
    • Mr. S. Pittis
    • Mr. J. Cornelius-Wheeler
    • Mr. W. Read
    • Mr. Lewis P. Lewis, R.N.
    • Mr. W. Inglis, R.N.
    • Mr. W. T. Pover, R.N.
    • Mr. J. S. Robinson, R.N.
    • Mr. G. M. Bowen
    • Mr. C. Foran
    • Mr. G. Cooke
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Mr. F. Blake
    • Mr. J. Dunstan
    • Mr. A. E. Gibson
    • Mr. F. H. St. Clair
    • Mr. W. H. McIntyre
    • Mr. F. Charpentier
    • Mr. W. Harper
    • Mr. G. F. Bell
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle (hon. secretary)
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins (hon. secretary)
    • And a large number of ladies
  • Elected members
    • Mr. A. E. Cogswell
  • Nominated for membership
    • A. Fisher
    • T. D'A. Jewers

Conan Doyle contribution

Dr. CONAN DOYLE seconded the motion (of thanks to the lecturer), expressing the opinion that Mr. McCarthy's history would live far longer than his novels.

Mr. JERRARD, in reply, said he specially valued the criticisms of Dr. Conan Doyle, who had by his own delightful work, "A Study in Scarlet," asserted the right to speak with authority on the subject of fiction.

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