Letter to Mr Martin Harvey (28 july 1905)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle to Mr Martin Harvey on 28 july 1905.

Martin Harvey wrote a draft of his answer on the verso.

Arthur Conan Doyle Letter

Dear Mr. Martin Harvey

If I could get it produced fairly soon - say at the opening of next winter season, I would care less about terms. My idea would be no authors fees until the cost of production had been covered, and then ten per cent on gross receipts.

I fear I am ungallant on the question of female interest but it usually seems to me that the 'grip' of a play weakens in exact proportion to the amount of love therein. When I was a young writer people said every novel must have it but I wrote "Micah Clarke" which had no woman in it, and it was very successful.

I agree about the touch of farce. ... about Gerard in all the stories, and that is its only justification in the play. But if you feel strongly at any point I would gladly modify it.

Yours very truly

Arthur Conan Doyle

Martin Harvey draft answer