Letter to Harry Price (12 september 1928)
15. Buckingham Palace Mansions
12th September, 1928.
A man must be held responsible for what appears over his signature. If he has made a mistake he apologises publicly and withdraws. Those are two self evident propositions.
This absurd story (I say 'absurd' for how could any one kiss a flesh and blood hand and think it was ectoplasm) was started out of personal malice. It is obviously repeated by personal malice for what possible object could such a repetition have save to hold me up to ridicule and to weaken any authority I may have upon the subject.
I have sent to Light the letter which I addressed at the time to the paper which published Hartman's story. I had no knowledge as to whether they put it in — it is quite common, as you know. to make false assertions against spiritualism and to suppress the corrections. But my hook appearing at about the same time was in itself a correction, and the account in it has, so far as I know, never been questioned.
A. Conan Doyle
- Source: Harry Price Collection