Item Details

Typed Letter Signed (with holographic marginalia).

Roslyn Heights, New York: July 7, 1947. Morley's holograph notes on letter. It is currently unclear as to whether it was written to Norman Cousins (editor and close friend) or Norman Dodge (ed. of Goodspeed's This Month). The prior owner and renowned Sherlockiana collector believed it was sent to Cousins. Contextually, however, it seems to be speaking to Dodge (including the reference to This Month on the second page). As another renowned Sherlock collector noted, "Morley's relationship with Cousins was really warm, while he was very fond of Dodge and respected his knowledge."

Either way, it has exceptional literary content, as Morley was wont. Important material relating to Dr. William Osler, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. This is an unpublished and largely unknown letter of great significance to both the Holmesian and Oslerian communities.

Morley, a prolific writer and one of the founders of the Baker Street Irregulars, revered Doyle and his Holmes and was well aware of Doyle's admiration of Oliver Wendell Holmes. The letter includes an early and charming missive linking the Holmes. Of equal significance is Morley's recollections of Dr. Osler upon his death. The letter ends with a not so subtle Whitman reference. It is an wonderful letter and an exceptional addition to either a Sherlockian or Oslerian collection. Christopher Morley. Typed Letter Signed. Roslyn Heights, New York. July 7, 1947. Two Pages. Item #3391

Price: $8,500.00