Letters, telegrams, notices etc.

Article in The Echo on the day following the arrest of Jefferson Hope

“The public,” it said, “have lost a sensational treat through the sudden death of the man Hope, who was suspected of the murder of Mr. Enoch Drebber and of Mr. Joseph Stangerson. The details of the case will probably be never known now, though we are informed upon good authority that the crime was the result of an old-standing and romantic feud, in which love and Mormonism bore a part. It seems that both the victims belonged, in their younger days, to the Latter Day Saints, and Hope, the deceased prisoner, hails also from Salt Lake City. If the case has had no other effect, it, at least, brings out in the most striking manner the efficiency of our detective police force, and will serve as a lesson to all foreigners that they will do wisely to settle their feuds at home, and not to carry them on to British soil. It is an open secret that the credit of this smart capture belongs entirely to the well-known Scotland Yard officials, Messrs. Lestrade and Gregson. The man was apprehended, it appears, in the rooms of a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who has himself, as an amateur, shown some talent in the detective line and who, with such instructors, may hope in time to attain to some degree of their skill. It is expected that a testimonial of some sort will be presented to the two officers as a fitting recognition of their services.”

Notice on John Ferrier's grave

There was no mistaking it for anything but a newly dug grave. As the young hunter (Jefferson Hope) approached it, he perceived that a stick had been planted on it, with a sheet of paper stuck in the cleft fork of it. The inscription upon the paper was brief, but to the point:
Died August 4th, 1860.

Letter from John Ferrier to Jefferson Hope

"There’s a party starting for Nevada to-morrow, and I’ll manage to send him a message letting him know the hole we are in." (John Ferrier)

On the morning which followed his interview with the Mormon Prophet, John Ferrier went in to Salt Lake City, and having found his acquaintance, who was bound for the Nevada Mountains, he entrusted him with his message to Jefferson Hope. In it he told the young man of the imminent danger which threatened them, and how necessary it was that he should return.

Telegram found in Stangerson's pocket

There were no papers or memoranda in the murdered man’s pocket, except a single telegram, dated from Cleveland about a month ago, and containing the words, ‘J. H. is in Europe.’ There was no name appended to this message.

Telegram sent by Inspector Lestrade to Liverpool

"I telegraphed to Liverpool, giving a description of the man, and warning them to keep a watch upon the American boats." (Inspector Lestrade)

Extracts from the newspapers following the "Brixton Mystery"

The Daily Telegraph remarked that in the history of crime there had seldom been a tragedy which presented stranger features. The German name of the victim, the absence of all other motive, and the sinister inscription on the wall, all pointed to its perpetration by political refugees and revolutionists. The Socialists had many branches in America, and the deceased had no doubt, infringed their unwritten laws, and been tracked down by them. After alluding airily to the Vehmgericht, aqua tofana, Carbonari, the Marchioness de Brinvilliers, the Darwinian theory, the principles of Malthus, and the Ratcliff Highway murders, the article concluded by admonishing the government and advocating a closer watch over foreigners in England.

The Standard commented upon the fact that lawless outrages of the sort usually occurred under a Liberal administration. They arose from the unsettling of the minds of the masses, and the consequent weakening of all authority. The deceased was an American gentleman who had been residing for some weeks in the metropolis. He had stayed at the boarding-house of Madame Charpentier, in Torquay Terrace, Camberwell. He was accompanied in his travels by his private secretary, Mr. Joseph Stangerson. The two bade adieu to their landlady upon Tuesday, the 4th inst., and departed to Euston Station with the avowed intention of catching the Liverpool express. They were afterwards seen together upon the platform. Nothing more is known of them until Mr. Drebber’s body was, as recorded, discovered in an empty house in the Brixton Road, many miles from Euston. How he came there, or how he met his fate, are questions which are still involved in mystery. Nothing is known of the whereabouts of Stangerson. We are glad to learn that Mr. Lestrade and Mr. Gregson, of Scotland Yard, are both engaged upon the case, and it is confidently anticipated that these well-known officers will speedily throw light upon the matter.

The Daily News observed that there was no doubt as to the crime being a political one. The despotism and hatred of Liberalism which animated the Continental governments had had the effect of driving to our shores a number of men who might have made excellent citizens were they not soured by the recollection of all that they had undergone. Among these men there was a stringent code of honour, any infringement of which was punished by death. Every effort should be made to find the secretary, Stangerson, and to ascertain some particulars of the habits of the deceased. A great step had been gained by the discovery of the address of the house at which he had boarded — a result which was entirely due to the acuteness and energy of Mr. Gregson of Scotland Yard.

Telegram from Cleveland police headquarters to Sherlock Holmes

“I have just had an answer to my American telegram. My view of the case is the correct one.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Advertisement placed in all the papers by Sherlock Holmes

It was the first announcement in the “Found” column.
“In Brixton Road, this morning,” it ran, “a plain gold wedding ring, found in the roadway between the White Hart Tavern and Holland Grove. Apply Dr. Watson, 221 B, Baker Street, between eight and nine this evening.”

Article in evening newspaper

"Have you seen the evening paper?”
“It gives a fairly good account of the affair. It does not mention the fact that when the man was raised up a woman’s wedding ring fell upon the floor." (
Sherlock Holmes)

Telegram sent by Sherlock Holmes to head of police in Cleveland, Ohio

Holmes led me to the nearest telegraph office, whence he dispatched a long telegram.

Telegram sent by Inspector Gregson to Cleveland, Ohio

“Have you made any inquiries as to this man Stangerson?” (Sherlock Holmes)
“I did it at once, sir,” said Gregson. “I have had advertisements sent to all the newspapers, and one of my men has gone to the American Exchange, but he has not returned yet.”
“Have you sent to Cleveland?”
“We telegraphed this morning.”
“How did you word your inquiries?”
“We simply detailed the circumstances, and said that we should be glad of any information which could help us.” (
Inspector Gregson)

Letters found in Enoch J. Drebber's pocket

"Two letters — one addressed to E. J. Drebber and one to Joseph Stangerson.”
“At what address?”
“American Exchange, Strand — to be left till called for. They are both from the Guion Steamship Company, and reto the sailing of their boats from Liverpool." (
(Inspector Gregson)

Letter to Sherlock Holmes from Inspector Gregson

This is the letter which I read to him, —
“There has been a bad business during the night at 3,
Lauriston Gardens, off the Brixton Road. Our man on the
beat saw a light there about two in the morning, and as the
house was an empty one, suspected that something was
amiss. He found the door open, and in the front room,
which is bare of furniture, discovered the body of a gentleman, well dressed, and having cards in his pocket bearing
the name of ‘Enoch J. Drebber, Cleveland, Ohio, U. S. A.’
There had been no robbery, nor is there any evidence as to
how the man met his death. There are marks of blood in the
room, but there is no wound upon his person. We are at a
loss as to how he came into the empty house; indeed, the
whole affair is a puzzler. If you can come round to the
house any time before twelve, you will find me there. I
have left everything in status quo until I hear from you. If
you are unable to come, I shall give you fuller details, and
would esteem it a great kindness if you would favour me
with your opinions.
“Yours faithfully,

Letters found in McPherson's desk

He had examined the papers in McPherson’s desk and there were several which showed an intimate correspondence with a certain Miss Maud Bellamy, of Fulworth.

Note from Fitzroy McPherson to Maud Bellamy

DEAREST [ran the message]:
The old place on the beach just after sunset on Tuesday. It is the only time I can get away.

Note from Maud Bellamy to Fitzroy McPherson

I will be there, you may be sure.

Letter from Lowenstein to Professor Presbury

Since your esteemed visit I have thought much of your case, and though in your circumstances there are some special reasons for the treatment, I would none the less enjoin caution, as my results have shown that it is not without danger of a kind.
It is possible that the serum of anthropoid would have been better. I have, as I explained to you, used black-faced langur because a specimen was accessible. Langur is, of course, a crawler and climber, while anthropoid walks erect and is in all ways nearer.
I beg you to take every possible precaution that there be no premature revelation of the process. I have one other client in England, and Dorak is my agent for both.
Weekly reports will oblige.
Yours with high esteem,

Packet from Dorak to Professor Presbury

“He heard from his London correspondent to-day. There was a letter and there was a small packet, each with the cross under the stamp which warned me not to touch them.” (Trevor Bennett)

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson

On the following Monday evening I had a short note asking me to meet him next day at the train.

Telegram from Mercer to Sherlock Holmes

‘Have visited the Commercial Road and seen Dorak. Suave person, Bohemian, elderly. Keeps large general store.

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Mercer

Holmes stopped at a post-office and sent off a telegram on our way.

Letter from Professor Presbury to Dorak

“I have the address of the man in London to whom the professor writes. He seems to have written this morning, and I got it from his blotting-paper.” (Trevor Bennett)

Letters from London E.C. to Professor Presbury

“He told me that certain letters might come to him from London which would be marked by a cross under the stamp. These were to be set aside for his own eyes only.” (Trevor Bennett)

Letter from fellow student to Trevor Bennett

Mr. Bennett, received a letter from a fellow-student in Prague, who said that he was glad to have seen Professor Presbury there, although he had not been able to talk to him.

Messages from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson

‘Come at once if convenient — if inconvenient come all the same. S. H.’

Note from Grace Dunbar to Mrs Gibson

The note, as I remember, was quite short:
“I will be at Thor Bridge at nine o’clock.”

Note from Mrs Gibson to Grace Dunbar

“I received a note from Mrs. Gibson in the morning. It lay on the table of the schoolroom, and it may have been left there by her own hand. It implored me to see her there after dinner, said she had something important to say to me, and asked me to leave an answer on the sundial in the garden, as she desired no one to be in our confidence.” (Grace Dunbar)

Prison passes and permits

“I have no doubt we can get the necessary permits this morning and reach Winchester by the evening train.” (Sherlock Holmes)

There was some delay in the official pass.

We were compelled to spend the night at Winchester, as the formalities had not yet been completed, but next morning, in the company of Mr. Joyce Cummings, the rising barrister who was entrusted with the defence, we were allowed to see the young lady in her cell.

Letter from Neil Gibson to Sherlock Holmes

The letter which he handed to me, written in a bold, masterful hand, ran as follows:
CLARIDGE’S HOTEL, October 3rd.
I can’t see the best woman God ever made go to her death without doing all that is possible to save her. I can’t explain things — I can’t even try to explain them, but I know beyond all doubt that Miss Dunbar is innocent. You know the facts — who doesn’t? It has been the gossip of the country. And never a voice raised for her! It’s the damned injustice of it all that makes me crazy. That woman has a heart that wouldn’t let her kill a fly. Well, I‘ll come at eleven to-morrow and see if you can get some ray of light in the dark. Maybe I have a clue and don’t know it. Anyhow, all I know and all I have and all I am are for your use if only you can save her. If ever in your life you showed your powers, put them now into this case.
Yours faithfully,

Telephone call from Dr Watson to Scotland Yard

"Please give the Yard a call, Watson. It won’t be entirely unexpected.” (Sherlock Holmes)

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Telephone call from Sherlock Holmes to Nathan Garrideb

My friend took the instrument and I heard the usual syncopated dialogue.

Letter from Nathan Garrideb to Sherlock Holmes

Holmes had spent several days in bed, as was his habit from time to time, but he emerged that morning with a long foolscap document in his hand and a twinkle of amusement in his austere gray eyes.

Letter from Sherlock Holmes to Morrison, Morrison, and Dodd

BAKER STREET, Nov. 21st.
Re Vampires
Referring to your letter of the 19th, I beg to state that I have looked into the inquiry of your client, Mr. Robert Ferguson, of Ferguson and Muirhead, tea brokers, of Mincing Lane, and that the matter has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion. With thanks for your recommendation, I am, sir,
Faithfully yours,

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Ferguson's wife

He scribbled a few lines upon a sheet of paper.“You at least have the entrée, Watson. Will you have the goodness to give the lady this note?” (Sherlock Holmes)

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Robert Ferguson

“Take a wire down, like a good fellow. ‘Will examine your case with pleasure.’ ” (Sherlock Holmes)

Letter from Robert Ferguson to Sherlock Holmes

DEAR MR HOLMES [it said]:
I have been recommended to you by my lawyers, but indeed the matter is so extraordinarily delicate that it is most difficult to discuss. It concerns a friend for whom I am acting. This gentleman married some five years ago a Peruvian lady the daughter of a Peruvian merchant, whom he had met in connection with the importation of nitrates. The lady was very beautiful, but the fact of her foreign birth and of her alien religion always caused a separation of interests and of feelings between husband and wife, so that after a time his love may have cooled towards her and he may have come to regard their union as a mistake. He felt there were sides of her character which he could never explore or understand. This was the more painful as she was as loving a wife as a man could have — to all appearance absolutely devoted.
Now for the point which I will make more plain when we meet. Indeed, this note is merely to give you a general idea of the situation and to ascertain whether you would care to interest yourself in the matter. The lady began to show some curious traits quite alien to her ordinarily sweet and gentle disposition. The gentleman had been married twice and he had one son by the first wife. This boy was now fifteen, a very charming and affectionate youth, though unhappily injured through an accident in childhood. Twice the wife was caught in the act of assaulting this poor lad in the most unprovoked way. Once she struck him with a stick and left a great weal on his arm.
This was a small matter, however, compared with her conduct to her own child, a dear boy just under one year of age. On one occasion about a month ago this child had been left by its nurse for a few minutes. A loud cry from the baby, as of pain, called the nurse back. As she ran into the room she saw her employer, the lady, leaning over the baby and apparently biting his neck. There was a small wound in the neck from which a stream of blood had escaped. The nurse was so horrified that she wished to call the husband, but the lady implored her not to do so and actually gave her five pounds as a price for her silence. No explanation was ever given, and for the moment the matter was passed over.
It left, however, a terrible impression upon the nurse’s mind, and from that time she began to watch her mistress closely and to keep a closer guard upon the baby, whom she tenderly loved. It seemed to her that even as she watched the mother, so the mother watched her, and that every time she was compelled to leave the baby alone the mother was waiting to get at it. Day and night the nurse covered the child, and day and night the silent, watchful mother seemed to be lying in wait as a wolf waits for a lamb. It must read most incredible to you, and yet I beg you to take it seriously, for a child’s life and a man‘s sanity may depend upon it.
At last there came one dreadful day when the facts could no longer be concealed from the husband. The nurse’s nerve had given way; she could stand the strain no longer, and she made a clean breast of it all to the man. To him it seemed as wild a tale as it may now seem to you. He knew his wife to be a loving wife, and, save for the assaults upon her stepson, a loving mother. Why, then, should she wound her own dear little baby? He told the nurse that she was dreaming, that her suspicions were those of a lunatic, and that such libels upon her mistress were not to be tolerated. While they were talking a sudden cry of pain was heard. Nurse and master rushed together to the nursery.
Imagine his feelings, Mr. Holmes, as he saw his wife rise from a kneeling position beside the cot and saw blood upon the child’s exposed neck and upon the sheet. With a cry of horror, he turned his wife’s face to the light and saw blood all round her lips. It was she — she beyond all question — who had drunk the poor baby’s blood.
So the matter stands. She is now confined to her room. There has been no explanation. The husband is half demented. He knows, and I know, little of vampirism beyond the name. We had thought it was some wild tale of foreign parts. And yet here in the very heart of the English Sussex — well, all this can be discussed with you in the morning. Will you see me? Will you use your great powers in aiding a distracted man? If so, kindly wire to Ferguson, Cheeseman’s, Lamberley, and I will be at your rooms by ten o’clock.
Yours faithfully,
P. S. I believe your friend Watson played Rugby for Blackheath when I was three-quarter for Richmond. It is the only personal introduction which I can give.

Letter from Morrison, Morrison, and Dodd to Sherlock Holmes

46, OLD JEWRY, Nov. 19th.
Re Vampires
Our client, Mr. Robert Ferguson, of Ferguson and Muirhead, tea brokers, of Mincing Lane, has made some inquiry from us in a communication of even date concerning vampires. As our firm specializes entirely upon the assessment of machinery the matter hardly comes within our purview, and we have therefore recommended Mr. Ferguson to call upon you and lay the matter before you. We have not forgotten your successful action in the case of Matilda Briggs.
We are, sir,
Faithfully yours,
per E. J. C.

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Isadora Klein

He scribbled three or four words upon a sheet of his notebook, folded it, and handed it to the man.
“I simply wrote: ‘Shall it be the police, then?’”

Final page of Douglas Maberley's novel

“There was one sheet of paper which I may have torn from the man that I grasped. It was lying all crumpled on the floor. It is in my son’s handwriting.” (Mary Maberley)

“. . . face bled considerably from the cuts and blows, but it was nothing to the bleeding of his heart as he saw that lovely face, the face for which he had been prepared to sacrifice his very life, looking out at his agony and humiliation. She smiled — yes, by Heaven! she smiled, like the heartless fiend she was, as he looked up at her. It was at that moment that love died and hate was born. Man must live for something. If it is not for your embrace, my lady, then it shall surely be for your undoing and my complete revenge.”

Telegram from Mr Sutro to Sherlock Holmes

Please come out at once. Client’s house burgled in the night. Police in possession.

Messages passed between Susan and Barney Stockdale

“Your letter to me had the 10 P.M. postmark. And yet Susan passes the word to Barney. Barney has time to go to his employer and get instructions; he or she — I incline to the latter from Susan’s grin when she thought I had blundered — forms a plan. Black Steve is called in, and I am warned off by eleven o’clock next morning.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Letter from Mary Maberley to Sherlock Holmes

I have had a succession of strange incidents occur to me in connection with this house, and I should much value your advice. You would find me at home any time to-morrow. The house is within a short walk of the Weald Station. I believe that my late husband, Mortimer Maberley, was one of your early clients.
Yours faithfully, MARY MABERLEY.

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Scotland Yard

Holmes took out his notebook and scribbled a few lines. “Take a cab to Scotland Yard and give this to Youghal of the C. I. D. Come back with the police.”

Word written by Sherlock Holmes and handed to Col. Emsworth

“He unfolded the scrap of paper on which I had written the word ‘Leprosy.’” (Sherlock Holmes)

Letter from James M. Dodd to Sherlock Holmes

“Your letter came with that heading, and as you fixed this appointment in very pressing terms it was clear that something sudden and important had occurred.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Letters from Godfrey Emsworth to James M. Dodd

“I got one letter from the hospital at Cape Town and one from Southampton.” (James M. Dodd)

Letter from Dr Watson aka Dr Hill Barton to Baron Gruner

“You will merely say that you are coming, and why.”

It was an admirable document, short, courteous, and stimulating to the curiosity of the connoisseur. A district messenger was duly dispatched with it.

Note from Sir James Damery to Sherlock Holmes

It was from the Carlton Club and dated the evening before. This is what I read:

‘Sir James Damery presents his compliments to Mr. Sherlock Holmes and will call upon him at 4:30 to-morrow. Sir James begs to say that the matter upon which he desires to consult Mr. Holmes is very delicate and also very important. He trusts, therefore, that Mr. Holmes will make every effort to grant this interview, and that he will confirm it over the telephone to the Carlton Club.’

Telegram from Plymouth Hotel

Telegram from Plymouth Hotel in reply to the one which Holmes had sent them.

“From the Plymouth hotel, Watson,” he said. “I learned the name of it from the vicar, and I wired to make certain that Dr. Leon Sterndale’s account was true. It appears that he did indeed spend last night there, and that he has actually allowed some of his baggage to go on to Africa, while he returned to be present at this investigation.”

Telegram from Mr Roundhay to Dr Leon Sterndale

“It was Mr. Roundhay, the vicar, who sent me the telegram which recalled me.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson

‘Why not tell them of the Cornish horror — strangest case I have handled.‘

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to the manager of the Englischer Hof

“I sent a duplicate to the manager of the Englischer Hof, whose answer lies here.” (Sherlock Holmes)
“Jagged or torn.”

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson

I had a telegram asking for a description of Dr. Shlessinger’s left ear.

Further Report from Dr Watson

To Holmes I wrote showing how rapidly and surely I had got down to the roots of the matter.

Report from Dr Watson to Sherlock Holmes

So to Baden I went, after dispatching to Holmes an account of all my proceedings and receiving in reply a telegram of half-humorous commendation.

Letter dictated by Sherlock Holmes

Letter dictated by Sherlock Holmes, written by Colonel Valentine Walter and sent to Hugo Oberstein.

“With regard to our transaction, you will no doubt have observed by now that one essential detail is missing. I have a tracing which will make it complete. This has involved me in extra trouble, however, and I must ask you for a further advance of five hundred pounds. I will not trust it to the post, nor will I take anything but gold or notes. I would come to you abroad, but it would excite remark if I left the country at present. Therefore I shall expect to meet you in the smoking-room of the Charing Cross Hotel at noon on Saturday. Remember that only English notes, or gold, will be taken.”

Advertisement placed in the agony column of the Daily Telegraph by Sherlock Holmes

“To-night. Same hour. Same place. Two taps. Most vitally important. Your own safety at stake.

Advertisements placed in the agony column of the Daily Telegraph by Hugo Oberstein (Pierott)

“Hoped to hear sooner. Terms agreed to. Write fully to address given on card.
PIERROT.

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson

Am dining at Goldini’s Restaurant, Gloucester Road, Kensington. Please come at once and join me there. Bring with you a jemmy, a dark lantern, a chisel, and a revolver.
S. H.

Note to Sherlock Holmes sent by Mycroft Holmes

Surely enough, a note awaited us at Baker Street. A government messenger had brought it post-haste. Holmes glanced at it and threw it over to me.

There are numerous small fry, but few who would handle so big an affair. The only men worth considering are Adolph Meyer, of 13 Great George Street, Westminster; Louis La Rothiere, of Campden Mansions, Notting Hill; and Hugo Oberstein, 13 Caulfield Gardens, Kensington. The latter was known to be in town on Monday and is now reported as having left. Glad to hear you have seen some light. The Cabinet awaits your final report with the utmost anxiety. Urgent representations have arrived from the very highest quarter. The whole force of the State is at your back if you should need it.

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to his brother Mycroft

At London Bridge, Holmes wrote a telegram to his brother, which he handed to me before dispatching it. It ran thus:

See some light in the darkness, but it may possibly flicker out. Meanwhile, please send by messenger, to await return at Baker Street, a complete list of all foreign spies or international agents known to be in England, with full address.

Telegram from Mycroft Holmes to Sherlock Holmes

Must see you over Cadogan West. Coming at once.

Messages flashed by candlelight by Sherlock Holmes

Holmes had stepped across, had lit the candle, and was passing it backward and forward across the window-panes.

“Your cipher was not difficult, madam. Your presence here was desirable. I knew that I had only to flash ‘Vieni’ and you would surely come.”

Messages flashed by candlelight by Gennaro Lucca

Messages flashed by candlelight from Gennaro Lucca to his wife, Emilia.

“A single flash — that is A, surely. Now, then. How many did you make it? Twenty. So did I. That should mean T. AT — that’s intelligible enough! Another T. Surely this is the beginning of a second word. Now, then — TENTA. Dead stop. That can’t be all, Watson? ATTENTA gives no sense. Nor is it any better as three words AT, TEN, TA, unless T. A. are a person’s initials. There it goes again! What’s that? ATTE why, it is the same message over again. Curious, Watson, very curious! Now he is off once more! AT — why, he is repeating it for the third time. ATTENTA three times!”
“PERICOLO pericolo — eh, what’s that, Watson? ‘Danger,’ isn’t it? Yes, by Jove, it’s a danger signal. There he goes again!” (Sherlock Holmes)

Advertisements in the Daily Gazette

‘Be patient. Will find some sure means of communication. Meanwhile, this column. G.’ Read More...

Notes left by Emilia Lucca for Mrs Warren

Notes left for Mrs Warren by Emilia Lucca.

“Yes, sir; prints it in pencil. Just the word, nothing more. Here’s one I brought to show you — SOAP. Here’s another — MATCH. This is one he left the first morning — DAILY GAZETTE. I leave that paper with his breakfast every morning.” (Mrs Warren)

Telegram from John Scott Eccles

Telegram sent by John Scott Eccles to Sherlock Holmes.

“Have just had most incredible and grotesque experience. May I consult you?
“Scott Eccles,
“Post-Office, Charing Cross.”

Note from Miss Burnet

Contents of note sent by Miss Burnet to Garcia.

“Our own colours, green and white. Green open, white
shut. Main stair, first corridor, seventh right, green baize.
Godspeed. D.”

Note from Inspector Lestrade asking Holmes to call at 16 Godolphin Street

He glanced hurriedly at the note which had been handed in. “ Halloa! Lestrade seems to have observed something of interest.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Report in the Daily Telegraph

‘A discovery has just been made by the Parisian police [said the Daily Telegraph] which raises the veil which hung round the tragic fate of Mr. Eduardo Lucas, who met his death by violence last Monday night at Godolphin Street, Westminster. Our readers will remember that the deceased gentleman was found stabbed in his room, and that some suspicion attached to his valet, but that the case broke down on an alibi. Yesterday a lady, who has been known as Mme. Henri Fournaye, occupying a small villa in the Rue Austerlitz, was reported to the authorities by her servants as being insane. An examination showed she had indeed developed mania of a dangerous and permanent form. On inquiry, the police have discovered that Mme. Henri Fournaye only returned from a journey to London on Tuesday last, and there is evidence to connect her with the crime at Westminster. A comparison of photographs has proved conclusively that M. Henri Fournaye and Eduardo Lucas were really one and the same person, and that the deceased had for some reason lived a double life in London and Paris. Mme. Fournaye, who is of Creole origin, is of an extremely excitable nature, and has suffered in the past from attacks of jealousy which have amounted to frenzy. It is conjectured that it was in one of these that she committed the terrible crime which has caused such a sensation in London. Her movements upon the Monday night have not yet been traced, but it is undoubted that a woman answering to her description attracted much attention at Charing Cross Station on Tuesday morning by the wildness of her appearance and the violence or her gestures. It is probable, therefore, that the crime was either committed when insane, or that its immediate effect was to drive the unhappy woman out of her mind. At present she is unable to give any coherent account of the past, and the doctors hold out no hopes of the reestablishment of her reason. There is evidence that a woman, who might have been Mme. Fournaye, was seen for some hours upon Monday night watching the house in Godolphin Street.’

Cipher telegram to the foreign potentate who sent the now missing letter

“Have you informed the sender?”

“Yes, sir, a cipher telegram has been despatched.”

Newspaper report

A crime of mysterious character was committed last night at 16 Godolphin Street, one of the old-fashioned and secluded rows of eighteenth century houses which lie between the river and the Abbey, almost in the shadow of the great Tower of the Houses of Parliament. This small but select mansion has been inhabited for some years by Mr. Eduardo Lucas, well known in society circles both on account of his charming personality and because he has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the best amateur tenors in the country. Mr. Lucas is an unmarried man, thirty-four years of age, and his establishment consists of Mrs. Pringle, an elderly housekeeper, and of Mitton, his valet. The former retires early and sleeps at the top of the house. The valet was out for the evening, visiting a friend at Hammersmith. From ten o’clock onward Mr. Lucas had the house to himself. What occurred during that time has not yet transpired, but at a quarter to twelve Police-constable Barrett, passing along Godolphin Street, observed that the door of No. 16 was ajar. He knocked, but received no answer. Perceiving a light in the front room, he advanced into the passage and again knocked, but without reply. He then pushed open the door and entered. The room was in a state of wild disorder, the furniture being all swept to one side, and one chair lying on its back in the centre. Beside this chair, and still grasping one of its legs, lay the unfortunate tenant of the house. He had been stabbed to the heart and must have died instantly. The knife with which the crime had been committed was a curved Indian dagger, plucked down from a trophy of Oriental arms which adorned one of the walls. Robbery does not appear to have been the motive of the crime, for there had been no attempt to remove the valuable contents of the room. Mr. Eduardo Lucas was so well known and popular that his violent and mysterious fate will arouse painful interest and intense sympathy in a widespread circle of friends.’

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Captain Crocker

A telegram which brought Captain Jack Crocker to Baker Street.

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Stanley Hopkins

....he scribbled a short note for Stanley Hopkins, and left it with the lodge-keeper.

Note received by Sherlock Holmes from Stanley Hopkins

“Abbey Grange, Marsham, Kent, 3:30 A.M.
I should be very glad of your immediate assistance in what promises to be a most remarkable case. It is something quite in your line. Except for releasing the lady I will see that everything is kept exactly as I have found it, but I beg you not to lose an instant, as it is difficult to leave Sir Eustace there.
“Yours faithfully, “STANLEY HOPKINS.

Note to Jeremy Dixon from Sherlock Holmes

The note which produced Pompey, the draghound.

Telegram from Cyril Overton in response to a question by Sherlock Holmes

“Ask for Pompey from Jeremy Dixon, Trinity College.”

Note from Dr Leslie Armstrong to Sherlock Holmes

SIR [it ran]:
I can assure you that you are wasting your time in dogging
my movements. I have, as you discovered last night, a
window at the back of my brougham, and if you desire a
twenty-mile ride which will lead you to the spot from which
you started, you have only to follow me. Meanwhile, I can
inform you that no spying upon me can in any way help Mr.
Godfrey Staunton, and I am convinced that the best service
you can do to that gentleman is to return at once to London
and to report to your employer that you are unable to trace
him. Your time in Cambridge will certainly be wasted.
Yours faithfully,

Note received by Godfrey Staunton

Godfrey read it, and fell back in a chair as if he had been pole-axed.

Telegram from Cyril Overton to Lord Mount-James

The telegram which brought Lord Mount-James to the Bentley Private Hotel by the Bayswater Bus.

Telegram from Godfrey Staunton to Dr Leslie Armstrong

The last words of the telegram being - ‘Stand by us for God’s sake.’

Telegram from Cyril Overton to Sherlock Holmes

Please await me. Terrible misfortune. Right wing threequarter missing, indispensable to-morrow.

Willoughby Smith's dying words

‘The professor,’ he murmured — ‘it was she.’

Special Messenger letter to Josiah Brown

“I had the note which you sent by the express messenger, and I did exactly what you told me. We locked every door on the inside and awaited developments.”

Telegram from Lestrade

“Come instantly, 131 Pitt Street, Kensington. “LESTRADE.”

Visiting card left at 221b Baker Street, London

Appledore Towers,
Will call at 6:30 — C. A. M.

Telelgram to Stanley Hopkins

‘Inspector Stanley Hopkins, 46 Lord Street, Brixton. Come breakfast to-morrow at nine-thirty. Important. Wire if unable to come. — Sherlock Holmes.’

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes

‘Sumner, Shipping Agent, Ratcliff Highway. Send three men on, to arrive ten to-morrow morning. — Basil.’

Telegram from Stanley Hopkins

“Ah, Hopkins, I got your wire last night, and I have been expecting you.”

Rumour in the Globe

“We had tried to keep it out of the papers, but there was some rumor in the Globe last night.” (Thorneycroft Huxtable)

Telegram from Chesterfield police

Telegram from police in Chesterfield to Sherlock Holmes confirming that they had arrested Rueben Hayes.

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes

Telegram sent by Sherlock Holmes to the Chesterfield Police upon which Rueben Hayes was arrested.

Telegram from Thorneycroft Huxtable

Telegram from Thorneycroft Huxtable to the Duke of Holdernesse advising him of the death of Herr Heidegger, the German master.

Telegram from South Africa

Carruthers took a telegram from his pocket.

It was short and concise:


Another letter from Violet Smith

The Thursday brought us another letter from our client.

“You will not be surprised, Mr. Holmes [said she] to hear that I am leaving Mr. Carruthers’s employment.”

Note from Violet Smith

“Next morning, we had a note from Miss Smith, recounting shortly and accurately the very incidents which I had seen.” (Dr John Watson)

Messages of Dancing Men




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Telegram from Wilson Hargreave

Reply to Sherlock Holmes’ telegram from Wilson Hargreave of the New York Police Department.
‘The most dangerous crook in Chicago.’

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Wilson Hargreave

I therefore cabled to my friend, Wilson Hargreave, of the New York Police Bureau, who has more than once made use of my knowledge of London crime. I asked him whether the name of Abe Slaney was known to him. (Sherlock Holmes)

Telegram sent by John Hector McFarlane to his parents

“I sent a telegram home, therefore, to say that I had important business on hand, and that it was impossible for me to say how late I might be.”

Telegram from Inspector Lestrade to Sherlock Holmes

Important fresh evidence to hand. McFarlane’s guilt definitely established. Advise you to abandon case.

Daily Telegraph newspaper report

‘Mysterious Affair at Lower Norwood. Disappearance of a Well Known Builder. Suspicion of Murder and Arson. A Clue to the Criminal.’ Read More...

Final note from Holmes to Watson

MY DEAR WATSON [it said]:
I write these few lines through the courtesy of Mr. Moriarty, who awaits my convenience for the final discussion of those questions which lie between us. He has been giving me a sketch of the methods by which he avoided the English police and kept himself informed of our movements. They certainly confirm the very high opinion which I had formed of his abilities. I am pleased to think that I shall be able to free society from any further effects of his presence, though I fear that it is at a cost which will give pain to my friends, and especially, my dear Watson, to you. I have already explained to you, however, that my career had in any case reached its crisis, and that no possible conclusion to it could be more congenial to me than this. Indeed, if I may make a full confession to you, I was quite convinced that the letter from Meiringen was a hoax, and I allowed you to depart on that errand under the persuasion that some development of this sort would follow. Tell Inspector Patterson that the papers which he needs to convict the gang are in pigeonhole M., done up in a blue envelope
and inscribed “Moriarty.” I made every disposition of my property before leaving England and handed it to my brother Mycroft. Pray give my greetings to Mrs. Watson, and believe me to be, my dear fellow
Very sincerely yours,

Note sent to Watson

Note sent to Watson presumably by Peter Steiler, the hotel owner, but almost certainly by Moriarty. Read More...

Report from London

On the Monday morning Holmes had telegraphed to the London police, and in the evening we found a reply waiting for us at our hotel. Holmes tore it open, and then with a bitter curse hurled it into the grate. Moriarty had escaped.

Notes in Professor Moriarty's notebook

‘You crossed my path on the fourth of January,’ said he. ‘On the twenty-third you incommoded me; by the middle of February I was seriously inconvenienced by you; at the end of March I was absolutely hampered in my plans; and now, at the close of April, I find myself placed in such a position through your continual persecution that I am in positive danger of losing my liberty. The situation is becoming an impossible one.” (Professor Moriarty)

Letters from Colonel James Moriarty

My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but to lay the facts before the public exactly as they occurred. I alone know the absolute truth of the matter, and I am satisfied that the time has come when no good purpose 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 Geneve on May 6th, 1891, the Reuter’s dispatch in the English papers on May 7th, and finally the recent letters to which I have alluded. Of these the first and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I shall now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It lies with me to tell for the first time what really took place between Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. (Dr John Watson)

Two notes from Holmes

I received two notes from Holmes, dated from Narbonne and from Nimes, from which I gathered that his stay in France was likely to be a long one.

Note written by Hall Pycroft

Note which Arthur Pinner asked Hall Pycroft to write:

“I am perfectly willing to act as business manager to the Franco-Midland Hardware Company, Limited, at a minimum salary of 500 pounds."

Newspaper Article

“It is a London paper, an early edition of the Evening Standard. Here is what we want. Look at the headlines: ‘Crime in the City. Murder at Mawson & Williams’s. Gigantic Attempted Robbery. Capture of the Criminal.’ Here, Watson, we are all equally anxious to hear it, so kindly read it aloud to us.” Read More...


Advertisement which Holmes had put in all the evening papers.
  • ‘Found at the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6.30 this evening at 221b Baker Street.’


Advertisement which Holmes placed in all the evening papers.

‘10 pounds reward. The number of the cab which dropped a fare at or about the door of the Foreign Office in Charles Street at quarter to ten in the evening of May 23d. Apply 221B, Baker Street.’

Letter from Percy Phelps

Briarbrae, Woking.

I have no doubt that you can remember “Tadpole” Phelps, who was in the fifth form when you were in the third. It is possible even that you may have heard that through my uncle’s influence I obtained a good appointment at the Foreign Office, and that I was in a situation of trust and honour until a horrible misfortune came suddenly to blast my career.
There is no use writing the details of that dreadful event. In the event of your acceding to my request it is probable that I shall have to narrate them to you. I have only just recovered from nine weeks of brain-fever and am still exceedingly weak. Do you think that you could bring your friend Mr. Holmes down to see me? I should like to have his opinion of the case, though the authorities assure me that nothing more can be done. Do try to bring him down, and as soon as possible. Every minute seems an hour while I live in this state of horrible suspense. Assure him that if I have not asked his advice sooner it was not because I did not appreciate his talents, but because I have been off my head ever since the blow fell. Now I am clear again, though I dare not think of it too much for fear of a relapse. I am still so weak that I have to write, as you see, by dictating.
Do try to bring him.
Your old school-fellow,

Reply to Advertisement

“Sir [he says]:
“In answer to your advertisement of to-day’s date, I beg to inform you that I know the young lady in question very well. If you should care to call upon me I could give you some particulars as to her painful history. She is living at present at The Myrtles, Beckenham.
“Yours faithfully,

Advertisement in the Daily News

Mycroft picked up the Daily News, which was lying on the side-table.
“Anybody supplying any information as to the whereabouts of a Greek gentleman named Paul Kratides, from Athens, who is unable to speak English, will be rewarded.
A similar reward paid to anyone giving information about a
Greek lady whose first name is Sophy. X 2473.”

Note from Percy Trevelyan to Sherlock Holmes

‘For God’s sake come at once. P. T.’

Letter from Russian Nobleman

“Two days ago I received the letter which I now read to you. Neither address nor date is attached to it.” (Dr Percy Trevelyan)

Complete copy of note

Sherlock Holmes placed the subjoined paper before us. (Complete letter)







Small piece of paper

“This was found between the finger and thumb of the dead man. It appears to be a fragment torn from a larger sheet.”

Holmes took up the scrap of paper, a facsimile of which is here reproduced.




Message to Sherlock Holmes from Inspector Lestrade

Message to SH from Lestrade:

Telegram from Violet Hunter

Telegram from Violet Hunter.
Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday to-morrow [it said]. Do come! I am at my wit’s end.

Letter from Jephro Rucastle

“The Copper Beeches, near Winchester.
“Miss Stoper has very kindly given me your address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My wife is fond of a particular shade of electric blue and would like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train.
“Yours faithfully,

Letter from Violet Hunter

I am very anxious to consult you as to whether I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered to me as governess. I shall call at half-past ten to-morrow if I do not inconvenience you.
Yours faithfully,

Letter from Mary Holder

“I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, and that if I had acted differently this terrible misfortune might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my mind, ever again be happy under your roof, and I feel that I must leave you forever. Do not worry about my future, for that is provided for; and, above all, do not search for me, for it will be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in death, I am ever
“Your loving

Note to Hattie Doran

Note from Francis Hay Moulton to Hatty Doran.
“You will see me when all is ready. Come at once.
“F. H. M.”

Letter from Lord St. Simon

Letter from Lord St. Simon
“Lord Backwater tells me that I may place implicit reliance upon your judgment and discretion. I have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no objection to your cooperation, and that he even thinks that it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o’clock in the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of paramount importance.
“Yours faithfully,

Newspaper cutting regarding Jeremiah Hayling

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you,” said he. “It appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: Read More...

Letter from Neville St. Clair

Message sent to Mrs St. Clair by her husband and posted at
Gravesend.

Letter from Holmes

He (Holmes) took five orange pips and thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote “S. H. for J. 0.” Then he sealed it and addressed it to “Captain James Calhoun, Bark Lone Star, Savannah, Georgia.”

Newspaper Report of the death of John Openshaw

Newspaper report of the death of John Openshaw on the morning following his visit to Sherlock Holmes. Read More...

Rat-Black Jack of Ballarat

Allusion to ‘a rat’ by the dying Charles McCarthy. He was actually referring to ‘Black Jack of Ballarat’.

Telegram Holmes sent to Watson

Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. Leave Paddington by the 11:15.


An advertisement in the Chronicle on Saturday:

Notice card

October 9, 1890.
The card which Jabez Wilson found pinned to the door of the offices in Pope’s Court.

Morning Chronicle

The advertisement which first drew the attention of Jabez Wilson to the Redheaded League. Read More...

Musgrave Ritual

It is rather an absurd business, this ritual of ours.... Read More...

Letter from Beddoes

The supply of game for London is going steadily up. Head-keeper Hudson, we believe, has been now told to receive all orders for fly-paper and for preservation of your hen-pheasant’s life.