The Case of Mrs. Castle

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Case of Mrs. Castle is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Times on 10 november 1896.

The Case of Mrs. Castle

The Times (10 november 1896)


Sir, — Might I implore your powerful intercession on behalf of the unfortunate American lady, Mrs. Castle, who was condemned yesterday to three months' imprisonment upon a charge of theft? Apart from the evidence of medical experts, it is inconceivable that any woman of her position in her sane senses would steal duplicates and triplicates — four toast-racks, if I remember right. Small articles of silver with the hotel mark upon them, so that they could neither be sold nor used, were among the objects which she had packed away in her trunk. It can surely not be denied that there is at least a doubt as to her moral responsibility, and if there is a doubt, then the benefit of it should be given to one whose sex and whose position as a visitor amongst us give her a double claim upon our consideration. It is to a consulting-room, and not a cell, that she should be sent.

Yours faithfully,

Greyswood Beeches, Haslemere, Nov. 7.