Lot 425: [Doyle Arthur Conan]



2015-07-10 15:42:33

Lot 425: [Doyle Arthur Conan]: (1859-1930) Scottish Author, Creator Of Sherlock Holmes. A Good, Interesting T.L.S. By Both Adrian Conan Doyle ('Adrian M. Conan Doyle') And His Brother Denis Conan Doyle ('Denis P.S. Conan Doyle'), The Two Sons Of Arthur Conan Doyle, Four Pages, 4To, Tangier, 26Th June 1953, To The Editor Of The New York Herald Tribune In Paris. The Brothers State That An Article By Stephen Winship On The Subject Of Sherlock Holmes Has Been Brought To Their Attention, Which They Believe Emanated From Christopher Pulling Of Scotland Yard, And Write, In Part, 'Though Mr. Pulling Is Apparently Ignorant Of Some Of The Most Important Factors That Led To The Development Of Modern Police Methods, Nevertheless One Must Recognise His Courage In Sponsoring The Cause Of Gregson, Lestrade And Their Prototypes At Scotland Yard. No One Can Deny That Scotland Yard Has Become One Of The Most Efficient Police Organisations In The Whole World. This Happy State Of Affairs Did Not Apply, However, In The Period Of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes' Statements At The Expense Of Scotland Yard Were Kindly And Charitable When Compared With An Editorial That Appeared In "The Times". This Editorial Was Contemporary With Our Father'S Book "A Study In Scarlet" And Expresses In The Most Trenchant Terms Deep Consternation At The Inefficiency And Lack Of Intelligence Of The Average Scotland Yard Plain-Clothes Officer Of The Time. Mr. Pulling Criticises Our Father Because He Did Not Go To Scotland Yard For Instruction And Advice. The Fact Of The Matter Is That Scotland Yard Could Not Have Taught Him Anything. On The Other Hand, He Could Have Taught Scotland Yard A Great Deal As Witness The Following Facts. Using His Creation, Sherlock Holmes, As A Name For Expressing New Ideas In Criminology, It Was Our Father Who Invented The Systems Upon Which The Modern Police Methods Of The World Are Founded....Our Father Invented The Use Of Plaster Of Paris For Preserving Footprints And Other Delicate Traces In Crimonology. He Introduced This System Via The Sherlock Holmes Stories Three Years Before Hans Gross'S "Criminal Investigation", The Great Text Book On Criminology Which Forms The Basis Of Every Present-Day Police System...It Was Our Father Who Invented The Minute Examination Of Dust From A Man'S Clothes Or Hat For The Purpose Of Identifying The Localities From Which A Person Came And His Or Her Occupation....It Was Our Father Who Invented The Precise Differentiation Between Various Tobacco Ashes. As A Direct Result Of Our Father'S Brilliant Work In The Edalji Maiming Case, An Affair Which Reflected The Gravest Discredit Upon The Police, The Court Of Criminal Appeal Was Introduced Into The British Legal System, Thanks Entirely To Sherlock Holmes Or Rather To His Creator. The Two Figures Were Largely Synonymous. In Sharp Contrast To The Views Expressed By Mr. Pulling, The Great Police Chiefs Of The World Have Publicly Acknowledged The Fact That Modern Police Methods Are Largely Founded Upon Those Invented By Our Father And Incorporated In The Figure Of Sherlock Holmes.' The Doyles Give Further Evidence To Support Their Claims, Quoting Individuals In France, China, India, Egypt, Russia, All Of Whom Are Indebted To Sherlock Holmes, Also Quoting J. Edgar Hoover Who Personally Assured The Doyles 'That Our Father'S Methods Have Been Incorporated To The Full In The Methods And Techniques Of His World-Famous Organisation' (The Fbi). They Conclude Their Letter By Stating 'The Position Is, Therefore, That We Have On The One Side The Opinion Of Mr. Pulling And On The Opposite Side The Opinions Of These Highly Expert And Eminent Police Chiefs, Federal Agents, Police Scientists And Others. There Used To Be A Code Of Sportsmen To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due. Shall We Try To Stick To It, Mr. Pulling Of Scotland Yard.' A Letter Of Rich Content Relating To Sherlock Holmes. A Very Small Area Of Paper Loss Appears To The Upper Edge Of Each Page, Not Affecting The Text Or Signatures, About Vg International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £150 - 200
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