Notecard about Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Bell and A Study in Scarlet

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This notecard was written by Arthur Conan Doyle in the 1920s from Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, to R. Pascoe [1].

Arthur Conan Doyle made a mistake about the publishing date of his own novel A Study in Scarlet, which was published in 1887 not 1888.


Dear Sir

It is a fact that Holmes has some traits of Dr Bell of Edinburgh. To say that he is entirely based upon him would be an exaggeration. My first book (I have written stories since 1878) was 'A Study in Scarlet', a Sherlock Holmes booklet published as Beetons Annual in 1888.

Yours truly

A. Conan Doyle

  1. According to auctioneer.