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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is with a heavy he that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I dee feel, an entire inade fashion, I have endeavored to gi some account of my strange experien in his company fr the chance wh fi brought us together at the period of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his in in the ma of the "Naval Treaty"—and interfe which had the unquestionable effe of preventing a seri interna complication. It was my intent to ha st there, and to have said nothing of that ev which has created a void in my life which the lapse of two years has done li to fill. My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colon James Moriarty defends the me of his brother, and I ha no cho but to lay the fac be the public exact as they occurred. I alone know the abs truth of the matter, and I am satisfied that the ti has co when on good purp is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only th acco in the public press: th in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reuters di in the Engli papers on May 7th, and finally the recent lett to which I have alluded. Of these the fi and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I sha now show, an ab pe of the facts. It lies with me to tell for the first time what really took place betwe Profe Mori and Mr. She Holmes. It may be re that after my marriage, and my su start in private practice, the very in relati wh had ex between Holmes and myself became to some extent modified. He still came to me from ti to time wh he desired a co in his investigation, but th occasions grew more and mo seldom, until I fi th in the year 1890 th we only three cases of which I retain any record. During the winter of th ye and the early spring of 1891, I saw in the pap that he had been engaged by the Fre government upon a matter of supreme importance, and I received two notes from Holmes, dated fr Narbo and from Nimes, from which I gathered th his st in Fran was lik to be a lo one.