Speech at the Aldine Club Dinner

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Aldine Club Menu (7 december 1894)
Aldine Club Menu (7 december 1894)
Signatures : A. Conan Doyle, Bill Nye, D. Christie Murray, H. Cunningham, Mr. Jordell Frost, Hamilton W. Mabie, Mr. H. McElroy.

On 7 december 1894, Arthur Conan Doyle was invited at the Aldine Club for a dinner before his departure for England, after his lecture tour in America.


  • President of the Club : Hamilton W. Mabie
  • Speakers :
    • Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Sir Henry Cunningham
    • David Christie Murray
    • Dr. Henry Van Dyke
    • Thomas Nelson Page
    • Edgar W. Nye (Bill Nye)
  • Guests :
    • F. Hopkinson Smith
    • Noah Brooks
    • William Cary
    • William H. Rideing
    • Rev. W. S. Rainsford
    • Stanley Elliott
    • Capt. J. F. S. H. Doyle (brother of Conan Doyle)
    • Ripley Hitchcock
    • Frank R. Lawrence
    • John Burroughs
  • Presents :
    • Samuel S. McClure
    • William W. Appleton
    • John Brisben Walker
    • William W. Eilsworth
    • Frank H. Dudd
    • Charles E. Merrill
    • William R. Howland
    • John H. Drudy
    • Frank P. Foster
    • Joseph I. C. Clarke
    • Alfred C. Barnes
    • J. Aspinwall Hodge, jr.
    • Heromich Shugio
    • Charles J. Mills
    • Samuel L. Dobbins
    • Gilman H. Tucker
    • A. D. Chandler
    • James Stokes
    • James B. Pond
    • F. H. Scott
    • Albert Shaw
    • J. Cleveland Cady
    • Bleecker Van Wagenen
    • R. H. Robertson
    • Chalmers Dale
    • Lawrence F. Abbott
    • Cyrus H. K. Curtis
    • Daniel C. Beard
    • George Wharton Edwards
    • Edward D. Appleton
    • Thomas F. Clarke
    • Alexander W. Drake
    • Francis L. Hine
    • David A. Munro
    • John A. Greene
    • Walter H. Page
    • Theodore E. Smith

Conan Doyle speech

Report from The New-York Times

After the dinner there were toasts and speeches. Dr. Doyle, in response to a toast to the guest of the evening, said that on such occasions he always recalled with envy that oft-quoted remark of Daniel, who observed when he saw the lions approaching "There will be no after-dinner speaking for me."

"It is possible," Dr. Doyle said, "that you may wish to know my impressions of this visit to America." These, the doctor said, he could not give — so many had been taken that none stood out distinct — all were blurred. Time, he said, would act as a reagent and bring out the tints in these mental views. In speaking of his travels, he said he had visited Chicago, and likened that city to a half-grown boy, who is continually outgrowing his clothes.

Report from the New-York Tribune

Dr. Doyle's remarks were inclined to be of a retrospective character, and, judged from them, his American retrospect is a sincerely pleasant one. He said he felt like a hurdler who had taken all the obstacles, and they were represented by the East, the West, the North and the South of this broad land, but the greensward between would always appear to him as the Aldine Club. It would require the quiet of his study to separate the powerful impressions he had received while in this country. At present they were only a chaotic mass. The panorama which was whirling in his mind contained visions of the Hudson, with its chain of old Dutch towns; a delightful glimpse of the industry of the manufacturing West, and another of Chicago, which reminded him of a half-grown boy who was always outgrowing his clothes. A view of staid old Philadelphia brought back placid memories of rural England, and so he went on describing briefly all the cities he had visited and ended by saying that when he left he should leave a part his heart behind.

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