Letter to Harry Price (5 september 1928)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 5 september 1928 to Harry Price about spiritualism and William & Eva A. Thompson.


Bignell Wood
5th September, 1928.


I observe in the Revue Metapsychique that you still repeat the lie — which has been shown to you already to be a lie — that I was deceived by the Thompsons of New York and that I kissed the hand of my alleged mother. I have written to the Revue to show that it is a lie, quoting M. Steffanson the arctic explorer who was there at the time and to whom I said that the whole seance was fraudulent. Hoffman's article was written in revenge hoping to take in foolish persons — as he seems to have done.

Meanwhile I cannot see why you should occupy rooms by the courtesy of the L.S.A. and still indulge in false and clumsy ridicule of their President. The situation is an impossible one and I have asked them to find a way out.

Yours faithfully,

A. Conan Doyle

As to what you say of Powell & others they are no doubt of opinion after the Hope case that it is they who may be caught by some trick.