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    Sale 2446 | Lot 346
    Price Realized: $520With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2446 Lot 346

      DOYLE, ARTHUR CONAN. Autograph Letter Signed, "A Conan Doyle," to "Dear Mrs. Findlay," accepting a [Psychic Bookshop] book order and adding as a present the latest book of [Oliver] Lodge, and offering to select a library for her. 2 pages, oblong 12mo, written on the recto and verso of personal correspondence card. (MRS) Minstead, 16 June [after 1925]

      Estimate $700 - 1,000

      "I hate to sell things to so kind a friend. My own impulse is always to give away the shop. However, I realize that it would not be fair to it, so I sent on your kind order, and told them to add, as a small present from me, Lodge's new book . . . . There is some small tariff but on the other hand the books are cheaper than in America. . . ."
      --Letter from Oscar Slater [convicted of murder but cleared by Doyle] to "Dear Sir" [possibly Doyle], expressing his persecution as he awaits justice: ". . . I think it would not be so very easy for those crooked lot to set me a trap, Sir, . . . my case is the best example of their stupidity. They have sown their seeds--in ruining a man, a stranger in their country and taking advantage of his character and helplessness . . . .
      "You have also mentioned something about my patience. Well I have been waiting for solid 19 years, Sir, and so I can still wait patiently longer, but no doubt I would be very, very glad if things came to an end." 2 pages, 4to. Ayr, 24 February 1928.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $520