Letter to Mary Jakeman about her wages

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1909 (exact date not known) from Windlesham, Crowborough to Miss Mary Jakeman.

Mary was Jean Conan Doyle's maid, which remained with the family until 1932, traveling with them to North America and Australia.


Miss Mary Jakeman

I am writing for Lady Conan Doyle whose confinement was yesterday.

I think that you will probably suit the situation very well. If you could come down on Monday I would pay your expenses and you could see Lady Doyle or her mother, returning in the afternoon.

A train leaves Victoria for Groombridge at 9.10. If you could get that I would send the motor to meet it at Groombridge at 10.40. Send me a card if that will suit you.

The wages begin at £26. The servants find their own beer or wine.

Yours truly

Arthur Conan Doyle