Psychic Photography: The Hope Case

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Psychic Photography: The Hope Case is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in Light on 7 october 1922.

Psychic Photography: The Hope Case

Light (7 october 1922, p. 631)

To The Editor of Light.

Sir, — In the Proceedings of the S.S.S.P. there is a letter from a miner who in 1920 received a portrait of his dead son at a sitting of the Crewe Circle. He winds up his account thus:—

"When I asked what their charges were, Mr. Hope replied, 'Four and six a dozen.' (For the postcards, of course, he meant). 'For the sitting nothing.' This is a gift from God and we dare not charge for what is freely given us. Our pay is often the wonder and joy depicted upon the faces of those like yourselves who have found that their loved ones are not entirely lost to them. We get all kinds of people here, some even are threadbare and too poor to pay railway fare, but we treat them all alike, as we recognise in each a brother or a sister.'

"I could not but be impressed," the sitter continues, "with the Christ-like spirit or the two friends whom we had. never seen before that short hour and never since. And when I read of men who try to make these two persons appear as something detestable I go back in memory to the day when it was our good fortune to meet them and to recall their more than kind attitude to two bruised hearts. God bless them, say I."

The writer signs himself, H. East, 36, New-street, Port Talbot. I wonder how many of us will ever deserve to have such words as those written of ourselves.

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Conan Doyle.

"Windlesham," Crowborough, Sussex.
September 27th, 1922.