'THE USES OF HATRED - LET ENGLAND REMEMBER'
Correspondence relating to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's letter to the Editor of The Times, 26 December 1917, urging that outrage against British prisoners of war in German hands be admitted and expiated before any peace overtures or reconciliation can take place, with other correspondence relating to Anglo-German relations, comprising:
Sir Arthur CONAN DOYLE. Five autograph letters signed and one autograph card, to Dr Abel Musgrave of Frankfurt-am-Main, 1919-20, 9 pages, 8vo with 6 envelopes, stating clearly to his German correspondent, 'I have no ill feeling against you, but we have suffered so heavily ... we all have a horror of Germany', and recounting his personal losses ('My son was badly wounded on the Somme and died afterwards of pneumonia. My wife's brother, a doctor, died at Mons, my sister's husband, my wife's nephew, my sister's son, all dead. My only brother, a General, died of pneumonia just after the armistice') .
Letters addressed to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by members of the public including combatants commenting on his letter to The Times, including Major A.L. Peebles, Suffolk Regiment, on his captivity ('we have all been warned by the "W.O." not to talk', 1917), approximately 45 items.
Autograph letter signed by Revd. B.G. O'Rorke, Senior Chaplain to the Forces and former prisoner of war at Burg, to Conan Doyle thanking him for 'your cryptic messages ... I refer to the ingenious method adopted in the books you sent out'.
Three typed letters signed by Lt. Colonel A.G. Martin, a German, on German attitudes to the war, to Conan Doyle, 1929 and n.d., with a copy of Conan Doyle's pamphlet The Story of British Prisoners, London, The Central Committee for National Patriotic Organizations, prefaced and annotated by Conan Doyle, foreword dated 9 May 1915, inscribed to Colonel Martin.
Correspondence of C. Pownall to Conan Doyle, denouncing his letter in The Times with typed letter signed by Colonel J.G.W. Kell of M.I. 5, War Office, enclosing a hostile article by Pownall in a newspaper 'a propaganda organ financed by Wilhelmstrasse', 1918; with copy of Conan Doyle's letter to Pownall, 'You are really not very good at your business', 1918. (58)