DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. (1859-1930). Scottish author; best known as the creator of the brilliant consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. ALS. (“A. Conan Doyle”). 1p. 8vo. London, September 24, . Written on his personal stationery to LEONORA TANKERVILLE, COUNTESS OF TANKERVILLE (?-1949), American spiritualist and wife of George Montagu Bennet, 7th Earl of Tankerville.
“Excuse this intrusion. I was given a proof of your Ghost article with the request that I make a few comments upon it – which I did. May I congratulate you both upon your own remarkable psychic gifts and the grasp which you have of the subject. Especially I noted the idea, which I put forward some years ago, that the ghost figures [?] are sometimes shells as it were peeled off in stress of emotion, not representing the real spirits at all.
I should like to draw your attention to the psychic Bookshop, established to get over the boycott of these subjects by Booksellers. The two books of Mrs. Tweedale, ‘Ghosts I have seen’ & ‘Phantoms of the Dawn’ are probably familiar to you…”