Letter to Harry Price (16 february 1928)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 16 february 1928 to Harry Price about spiritualism and the William and Eva A. Thompson séance.


16th February, 1928.

Dear Price,

Your account of the Thompson seance was on the whole a fairly accurate one. You will find it narrated in short on p.50 of 'Our American Adventure.' Staffanson the explorer was with me and shared our united opinions as to fraud. It was almost ludicrous because my mother was very heavily built whereas Mrs. T. was a slim little woman. When T. was arrested immediately afterwards his people wanted me to testify on his behalf, and as I answered that I had satisfied myself that it was fraudulent, one of them published a long account in a N. York paper pretending that I had kissed the figure, and all sorts of nonsense. That was their revenge — but I of course at once denied it, citing my witnesses.

Yours sincerely,

A. Conan Doyle