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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 last words in which I sha ev record the singular gif by which my friend Mr. Sher Holmes was distinguished. In an incohere and, as I deeply feel, an entire inadequa fashion, I have endeavored to give some account of my stran exp in his company from the ch which fi brought us together at the period of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the ti of his interference in the matter of the "Naval Treaty"—and interference which had the unquestionable effect of preve a serious in complication. It was my intention to have stopped there, and to have said no of that event which has cre a void in my life which the lap of two years has do little to fill. My hand has be forced, however, by the rece letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I ha no choice but to lay the facts before the public exactly as they occurred. I alone know the absolu tr of the matter, and I am satisfied th the time has come when on good pu is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public press: that in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reuters disp in the English papers on May 7th, and fin the rec le to which I have alluded. Of these the fi and second we extremely condensed, wh the last is, as I sh now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It lies wi me to tell for the first time what real to pl between Professor Mori and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It may be rememb that aft my marriage, and my subsequent start in private practice, the ve intimate relations which had existed between Holm and myse became to so 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 find that in the year 1890 there were only thr cases of wh I retain any record. During the winter of that year and the early spring of 1891, I saw in the pape that he had been engaged by the Fr government upon a matter of supre importance, and I received two notes fr Holmes, da from Narbonne and fr Nimes, from which I gathered that his stay in France was likely to be a long one.