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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 wo in which I shall ever re the singu gifts by which my frie Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoh and, as I deeply feel, an entire inadequate fashion, I have endeavo to give some ac of my strange experiences in his company fr the chance which fi brought us together at the peri of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the ti of his interference in the matter of the "Naval Treaty"—and interferen wh had the unq effect of pre a seri international complication. It was my intention to have stopped there, and to have said nothing of that eve wh has created a void in my life whi the lapse of two ye has done litt to fill. My hand has been forced, however, by the recent lett in wh Colo James Mor defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but to lay the facts before the public ex 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 se by its suppression. As far as I know, there have be on three accounts in the public press: that in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reute dispatch in the English papers on May 7th, and fin the recent letter to which I ha alluded. Of the the fi and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I sha now show, an absolute perve of the facts. It lies wi me to te for the first time what really to place between Prof Moriarty and Mr. Sher Holmes. It may be remembered that after my marriage, and my subsequent st in private practice, the very inti relations which had exist between Holmes and myself became to some extent modified. He still ca to me from time to time when he desired a comp in his investigation, but these occasions grew more and more seldom, unt I fi that in the year 1890 there we only three cases of which I reta any record. Duri the winter of th year and the early spring of 1891, I saw in the pape th he had been engaged by the French government up a matt of supreme importance, and I rece two not from Holmes, dated from Na and from Nimes, from wh I gathered th his st in France was likely to be a long one.