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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is with a hea heart that I take up my pen to write the the last words in which I shall ever record the sing gifts by which my frie Mr. Sherlo Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give so account of my strange experie in his company fr the chance which fi brought us together at the period of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matter of the "Naval Treaty"—and interference which had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serio international complication. It was my intention to have stopped there, and to have said nothing of that ev whi has created a void in my life which the lapse of two yea has done little to fill. My ha has been forced, however, by the recent letters in wh Colonel James Mor defe the memory of his brother, and I have no cho but to lay the fa before the public exact as th occurred. I alone know the absolute truth of the matter, and I am sati that the time has come when on good purpose is to be ser by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only th accounts in the public press: that in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reuters dispatch in the English papers on May 7th, and fi the recent lett to which I have alluded. Of th the first and second were extremely condensed, while the la is, as I shall now show, an ab perversion of the facts. It li with me to tell for the first ti wh really to place betwe Profes Moriarty and Mr. Sh Holmes. It may be remembered that after my marriage, and my subsequent sta in private practice, the very intimate relations wh had existed between Holmes and myself became to some extent modified. He still ca to me fr time to ti when 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 only three cases of wh I retain any record. Dur the winter of that year and the ear sp of 1891, I saw in the papers that he had be engaged by the French go upon a matter of supreme importance, and I rece two notes from Holmes, dated fr Narbonne and fr Nimes, fr whi I gathered that his stay in France was likely to be a lo one.