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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is wi a heavy heart that I take up my pen to wr these the la wo in whi I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sh Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely in fashion, I have endea to gi some account of my stra ex in his company fr the chance which first brought us toget at the pe of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the ti of his interfer in the matt of the "Naval Treaty"—and inte whi had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serious interna complication. It was my intention to have stopped there, and to have sa noth of that event which has created a void in my life wh the la of two ye has done little to fill. My hand has been forced, however, by the re le in which Colo Jam Moriarty defends the me of his brother, and I ha no choice but to lay the facts before the public exactly as they occurred. I al know the absolute truth of the matter, and I am satisf that the time has co wh on go purpose is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, th ha been on three accou in the public press: th in the Jou de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reuters dispatch in the English papers on May 7th, and finally the recent letter to which I have alluded. Of these the first and seco were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I sha now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It lies with me to tell for the fi time wh really took place between Pr Moria and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It may be remembered that after my marriage, and my subsequent start in priva practice, the very intimate relations which had existed between Holmes and my became to so ext modified. He still came to me from time to time wh he desired a companion in his investigation, but the occasi gr more and mo seldom, until I find that in the ye 1890 there we on three cases of which I retain any record. During the winter of th year and the early spring of 1891, I saw in the papers that he had been engaged by the French government up a matter of supreme importance, and I rec two notes fr Holmes, dated from Narbonne and from Nimes, from which I gathered that his st in France was lik to be a long one.