Letter to Charles Frohman (4 july 1906)

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This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle from Undershaw, Hindhead, Surrey, on 4 july 1906 [1] to Charles Frohman, an American theatrical producer, co-founder of the Theatrical Syndicate.


Private & Confidential

My dear Mr Frohman,

You may have heard of my great sorrow. My wife passed away this week.

Her illness & death have naturally turned my thoughts from business, but there is one matter so pressing that I must lose no further time in speaking to you of it.

It was a great shock to me to learn with absolute certainty that Addison Bright has not dealt straight with some of his Clients. I must not mention names but the fact is beyond all doubt. The defalcations were systematic in their nature & considerable in amount.

Since he has treated others so I cannot doubt that I am also a victim, since I have trusted him most absolutely and seen no vouchers of any sort.

It seemed to me that we might make a test case of a single account. If it is wrong all are probably wrong. If it is right, I shall none the less want to make some examination. But we might begin with one small one. I append it, if you could have it verified from New York. It is a most painful business.

Yours very truly
Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. According to annotation on letter.