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Christopher Morley Numismatica (And More) at Haverford College

Christopher Morley Numismatica (And More) at Haverford College

“… for which he is remarkable …”

-The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA)

Magill Library of Haverford College

On Saturday, October 24, 2014, Mycroft’s League of Philadelphia and the Grillparzer Club of the Hoboken Free State held a joint meeting to tour Haverford College’s collection of items relating to Christopher Morley, the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars. Given our recent posting on the medals of Haverford College, this would be a good time to share some of these items.

We met up to start the day in the Christopher Morley Alcove of the Magill Library. Rumor has it that one of our fellow Garridebs spent many hours on one of the couches in this nook while a Haverford student.

Pictures of Morley and his brothers are prominent in the alcove.  I’ve been fond of this particular pose of Morley for a while and enjoy the whimisical inscribition by him.

This “5% Gold Bond” for the National Treasury of Christophalia caught my eye as we were allowed to examine some of Morley’s papers. Morley would have been 17 years old when this was prepared. I’m wondering if he created the first 229 bond certificates since this is number 230.

The other “numismatic” item that caught my eye in the Morley papers was this $75.60 check that Morley issued to the Elliott Ticket Company. Unfortunately, none of the other paperwork offered up a clue as to what Morley was paying for.

If you examine the check closely, you will notice it was drawn on the Terminal Branch of the Corn Exchange Bank (what a great name for a financial institution), located at Dey and Church Streets. That would be the Hudson Terminal Building, pictured above.

The library has a framed copy of Dusk in the North Wing of a College Library that was penned by Morley and published in the December 26, 1953 issue of the Saturday Review of Literature.

The Library also has the original draft of that poem, with changes in his handwriting It’s interesting to note the changes.

The Magill Library was closed in the Fall of 2017 for renovations and expansion. When it reopens after construction is completed, the library will have a new name but still refer to the original building as the Magill Wing.

“Has Anything Escaped Me?” – Sherlockian Miscellaneous

“Has Anything Escaped Me?” – Sherlockian Miscellaneous

“In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful…” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) A collection of possible items of interest — Gregory L. Zentz, the 18th Garrideb, has shared with us an online database that provides both numismatic and intrinsic coin values called CoinTrackers. That guy pictured on their logo looks… Continue Reading

A Check on Lady Frances (1955)

A Check on Lady Frances (1955)

“She banks at Silvester’s.” – The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY) According to the distinguished French criminologist, Alphonse Bertillon, it is impossible for a bird to fly through a cloud without leaving traces. And so, while passing near Montpelier during one of my recent trips through Southern France, I decided to investigate a bird of another color. Not… Continue Reading

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

“But thanks to my cheque-book …” – His Last Bow (LAST) The website of Famous-Celebrity-Autographs.com has numerous offerings of reproductions of checks signed by celebrities and other famous people. One such celebrity would be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They are offering a reproduction of a $15 check that he wrote on June 7, 1922 and was drawn… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques, Part II

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques, Part II

‘I think twelve thousand pounds is the sum that I owe you, is it not?’ – The Priory School (PRIO) The other month, we posted Lee Poleske’s article on Sherlock Holmes related checks. The British Banking History Society has shared three other checks of banks mentioned in the Canon. The Capital and Counties Bank Limited, where Sherlock Holmes… Continue Reading

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

“The Capital and Counties Bank, Oxford Street branch, are my agents.” – The Adventure of The Priory School (PRIO) London in 1894, when Sherlock Holmes returned from his incognito foreign journeying, was enjoying the Golden Age of British Imperial investment and expansion, bringing an enormous accretion of wealth to the Capital City of the Empire.… Continue Reading

Book: A Study In Banking (1989)

Book: A Study In Banking (1989)

“You may possibly have read my little monograph …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) In the Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s District Messenger #87 (June 29, 1989) was this announcement: Over the weekend we were also introduced to our member James Cuthbertson’s delightful little book A STUDY IN BANKING: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE… Continue Reading