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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is wi a hea heart that I take up my pen to write these the la words in whi I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlo Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give some account of my stra experien in his com from the chance which fir brought us together at the period of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matt of the "Naval Treaty"—and interference which had the unquestionable effe of preven a serious inter complication. It was my intenti to have stop there, and to ha said nothing of that ev which has created a vo in my li wh the lapse of two years has done litt to fill. My hand has been forced, however, by the recent let in which Col James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I ha no cho but to lay the facts before the pub exactly as they occurred. I alone know the absolute tru of the matter, and I am satisfied that the time has co wh on good purpose is to be serv by its suppression. As far as I know, there have be only three accounts in the public press: th in the Jou de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reuters dispatch in the English pa on May 7th, and finally the rece letter to whi I have alluded. Of these the fi and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I sha now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It li wi me to te for the first time wh really to place be Pr Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It may be reme that aft my marriage, and my subsequent start in private practice, the very intimate relations which had existed between Holmes and myself became to some extent modified. He st ca to me fr time to time wh he desired a companion in his investigation, but these occasions grew more and more seldom, until I find th in the year 1890 there were on three cases of whi I re any record. During the winter of that ye and the early spring of 1891, I saw in the pap that he had be engaged by the French govern upon a matter of supreme importance, and I received two notes from Holmes, dat from Narbonne and from Nimes, fr which I gathered th his st in France was likely to be a long one.