Letter to Julian B. Arnold (6 october 1927)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 6 october 1927 from Windlesham, Crowborough, to Mr. Arnold.

The letter was published by Julian B. Arnold in his book Giants in Dressing Gowns (1942).


Oct. 6th, 1927

Dear Mr. Arnold,

Many thanks for your valuable letter.

You can have no idea of what a concentration of evidence there is, in the automatic-writings, upon this world disaster, nor how remarkably consistent the various accounts are.

I have, I should think, 50,000 words (in automatic-writings) on this subject, all carefully copied out and extending over three years.

Then I have about sixty independent testimonies of the coming of a world disaster.

Time is their difficulty but the general impression is that it is at the end of the next decade.

America will, I fear, suffer greatly. Also Central Europe. Also the Mediterranean basin. Ireland also, but the British isles less. But all are to catch it. Such is the general sinister scheme.

That is how I get it. But they always emphasize that it is the good spiritual outcome and not the sad material means which should be borne in mind. There are to be great psychic accompaniments and something corresponding to the Second Coming, though hardly as pictured.

I have told you more details than to anyone else, and I don't want to seem an alarmist. Yours sincerely,


It was to prepare against the prognosticated Armageddon that Doyle bent most of his later energies, and few men have better used their abilities to that end or