Letter to Harry Price (24 february 1928, Windlesham)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 24 february 1928 to Harry Price about spiritualism, Hope and Mrs. Deane.


24th February, 1928.

Dear Price,

Your longer letter to hand. No, we are certainly not grateful. All this sewage is most distasteful and it is an abuse of words to say you are not 'anti'.

Let me see an article of yours full of the successes of spiritualism to counterbalance all this stuff and then I would admit you were impartial, tho' even then I would resent slurs upon the characters of innocent people.

You know as well as I do that the Hope package was tampered with. There are the marks to prove it. Then who did it? It was for you who broadcasted the false charge to find out. You have not done so — and so you became a partner in the rotten business.

As to Mrs. Deane you know nothing about her. When you have spent as many plates under test conditions as I have done you may be entitled to an opinion. I saw the so-called 'documents'. They were beneath contempt.

A man like Moseley only attacks a person whom we all agree to be a rascal. You attack people, some of whom are dead, without the least evidence and in the face of a lifetime of good work. I think it is a dangerous game for I can recall Harold Ashton, Houdini and many others who have come to grief over it. Reasoned criticism by all means — but this is different.

Yours faithfully,

A. Conan Doyle