Notecard to R. Pascoe (ca. 1920)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

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


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 Beeton's Annual in 1888.

Yours truly,
A. Conan Doyle

  1. According to auction house: Forum Auctions, 11 july 2019, Sale 45: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper, Lot 417.