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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the la wor in which I sha ever reco the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Hol was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavor to give so ac of my str experiences in his company fr the chance which fi brought us to at the period of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matter of the "Naval Treaty"—and interfere wh had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serious international complication. It was my intention to ha stopped there, and to have said nothing of that event which has cre a void in my life whi the lap of two years has do little to fill. My hand has be forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriar de the memory of his brother, and I ha no ch but to lay the facts before the public exactly as they occurred. I alone know the absolu truth of the matter, and I am sat that the time has come when on go purpose is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, there ha been only th acc in the public press: th in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reute dispatch in the English pape on May 7th, and finally the rec letter to wh I ha alluded. Of these the fir and second were extremely condensed, wh the last is, as I sh now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It li wi me to tell for the first time what rea to place between Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sher Holmes. It may be remembered th after my marriage, and my subsequent sta in private practice, the ve in relations whi had existed between Holm and myself became to some extent modified. He still came to me fr ti to time when he desired a companion in his investigation, but these occasions grew more and more seldom, until I fi that in the year 1890 th were only th cases of which I retain any record. During the win of th ye and the early spr of 1891, I saw in the papers that he had been engaged by the French government upon a matt of supreme importance, and I received two no from Holmes, dat fr Narbonne and from Nimes, fr which I gathered that his stay in France was likely to be a long one.