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DOYLE, Jean Conan, née LECKIE (1874-1940), [DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan, association]
[Manuscript letter describing the miraculous survival of a storm at sea during the South African Spiritualist Tour of 1928].
1st November 1928.. ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER WRITTEN BY SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S SECOND WIFE. Written in black ink over both sides of two sheets of headed note paper from the R.M.S. Windsor Castle, Union-Castle Line. With the original envelope addressed to a Mrs. Hewitt of London, SW7. Stamp and postmarks from South Africa, dated 12th November 1928. Envelope torn open, as expected; lightly browned with a few marks. Letter is near-fine. Jean Leckie, Mrs. Doyle since 1907, here writes to a friend in London from aboard ship as she travels with her husband to South Africa, where they embarked on a Spiritualist lecture tour. As is clear from the letter, their mission was very much to convert as many people as possible to their religion - an endeavour in which they seem to have been reasonably successful, even at sea. She begins her letter by reporting a 'fearful storm', in which, 'had the ship rolled 2 degrees more, she must have gone over, and not a soul would have survived.'
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