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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is with a heavy heart th I take up my pen to wri these the last words in which I shall ever rec the singular gif by wh my friend Mr. Sherlock Hol was distinguished. In an incohere and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give some account of my strange experiences in his company from the chance which first br us together at the per of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his inte in the matter of the "Naval Treaty"—and int which 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 cr a void in my life whi the lapse of two ye has done little to fill. My hand has be forced, however, by the recent le in whi Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I ha no choice but to lay the facts before the publ exactly as th occurred. I alone know the abs truth of the matter, and I am satisfied th the time has come when on go pur is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public press: th in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Re dispatch in the English papers on May 7th, and final the recent letter to which I ha alluded. Of these the first and second were ex condensed, while the last is, as I shall now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It li with me to tell for the fir ti what real to place between Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It may be remembe that aft my marriage, and my subsequent start in private practice, the very int relatio which had existed between Holmes and myself became to some extent modified. He sti came to me fr ti to time when he desired a companion in his investigation, but these occasions gr more and more seldom, until I find that in the ye 1890 there were on three cases of which I retain any record. Dur the win of that year and the early spring of 1891, I saw in the papers that he had be engaged by the French government upon a matter of supre importance, and I received two notes from Holmes, dated fr Narbonne and from Nimes, from which I gathered that his stay in France was likely to be a lo one.