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Letter to Harry Price (21 december 1922)

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This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 21 december 1922 to Harry Price about the error between William Fay and Melville fay.


Letter

Windlesham,
December 21st, 1922.

Dear Sir,

This is of course merely an assertion of Maskelyne's - not a proof.

I believe the root of the matter, so far as I can trace it - is that there was a certain Melville Fay in the States who was a notorious fake medium. Finally he confessed to being such. There was a William Fay who travelled with the Davenports. The names were confused by the British Press and it was reported everywhere that Fay had confessed that his display, and therefore the Davenports, was a swindle. The Fay incident is recounted on page 339 of Hardinge Britten's 'American Spiritualism'. I believe that the secret lies there.

Yours sincerely,

A. Conan Doyle









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