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Grace Dunbar, philanthropist and suffragette, can also
be seen in these previous issues of Electro-Graphic Monthly courtesy
of her literary agent Sandy Kozinn:
2004 . . . upon beggars
Letter From Sherlock Holmes
Regarding Miss Grace Dunbar
My dear members of the
Dark Lantern League,
It is my pleasure to introduce
to you as a prospective member of the Dark Lantern League the lady
properly known as Mrs. Neil Gibson, but perhaps better known to
you all as Miss Grace Dunbar.
As you are aware, Miss
Dunbar served as governess to the children of Mr. Gibson. While
her duties were the education of the children, she was also involved
to some degree in the moral reeducation of Mr. Gibson, an activity
not unobserved by the then-current Mrs. Gibson, who misinterpreted
the relationship, at least on Miss Dunbar's part.
That lady, consumed by
a jealousy fed by the knowledge that her husband held overly-warm
feelings for Miss Dunbar, conceived a clever plot whereby she would
end her own life in such a way as to throw suspicion of murder upon
the governess. It was then that Sherlock Holmes and I first met
Miss Dunbar, Mr. Gibson having presented himself as a client --
or more properly, having demanded that Holmes take him on as one.
We found her to be intelligent,
as befits a governess, as well as pleasant to look upon. Her most
outstanding characteristic seemed to be her high moral sense, which
was combined with a firm belief in the capabilities of Women as
a group. It was with much pleasure that Holmes was able to ascertain
the facts of the case and free Miss Dunbar from her incarceration
and of all suspicion.
You might be interested
to learn that although Miss Dunbar never reciprocated Mr. Gibson's
personal feelings for her during his first wife's lifetime, she
nevertheless remained on as governess after her charges' loss of
their mother in order that they retain some sense of stability.
She continued her education of Mr. Gibson as well, and after a period
of two years did, indeed, marry him. It has been said in many quarters
that during their years together he was a man much changed for the
Now widowed, Miss Dunbar
prefers to be called by that name. While her time is much spent
in the Rights for Women movement and in administering the trusts
for the education of fatherless children set up under the late Mr.
Gibson's will, she has never forgotten Sherlock Holmes and the part
he played in her life. She has followed his cases with great interest
and would greatly enjoy the company of and correspondence with others
who also find discussions of his cases far superior to mere trivial
Miss Grace Dunbar would
therefore be pleased to be accepted as a member of the Dark Lantern
League and submits her name, though me, to the Committee.
John H. Watson