The Game is Afoot!: The Significance of Gratuitous Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon

Stephen R. Alton

Texas A&M University - School of Law

September 14, 2010

This article presents a recently discovered and previously unpublished manuscript written by John H. Watson, M.D., and annotated by Professor Stephen Alton. Dr. Watson’s manuscript records an extended conversation that took place between the good doctor and his great friend, the renowned consulting detective Mr. Sherlock Holmes, regarding issues of gratuitous transfers of property – issues involving inheritances, wills, and trusts – that have arisen in some of the great cases solved by Mr. Holmes. This felicitous discovery confirms something that Professor Alton has long known: these gratuitous transfer issues permeate many of these adventures. Often, the action in the case occurs because of the desire of the wrong-doer to come into an inheritance, a bequest, or the present possession of an estate in land more quickly – perhaps by dispatching the intervening heir, beneficiary, or life tenant. Professor Alton has annotated this manuscript, providing extensive analysis of these issues and citations to relevant, contemporary authority in his footnotes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Gratuitous Transfers, Sherlock Holmes, Rule Against Perpetuities, Trusts, Estates, Wills

JEL Classification: K11, K19

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: September 18, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Alton, Stephen R., The Game is Afoot!: The Significance of Gratuitous Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon (September 14, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1676962 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1676962

Contact Information

Stephen R. Alton (Contact Author)
Texas A&M University - School of Law ( email )
1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States
817-212-4115 (Phone)
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 995
Downloads: 195
Download Rank: 103,158

© 2015 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.265 seconds