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22 May 1859, Edinburgh M.D., Kt, KStJ, D.L., LL.D., Sportsman, Writer, Poet, Politician, Justicer, Spiritualist Crowborough, 7 July 1930

Letter about The Speckled Band and Fires of Fate (1 december 1912)

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This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 1 december 1912 from Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, about his two plays The Speckled Band and The Fires of Fate.


My dear Sir

I hope your health is better. I heard some evil rumours and then a more reassuring one.

I saw Mr. Jordan in London and he is willing to give "The Speckled Band" and also possibly "The Fires of Fate" a chance as a stock play. The former has become this all over the England and Australia. I have told him that I will leave the matter of fees in his hands to be adjusted when we have made good. Meanwhile I will be obliged if you would help him to getting the production which is still, as I understand, unsold in New York. The affair has been a great disappointment to me and I am very keen to see if we cannot find the right audiences. I have modified the end in deference to your criticism.

Yours sincerely
Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Source: Steven Doyle Collection.