Letter about the 1908 Olympic Games
This letter from 1913 is from the papers of Ralph David Blumenfeld. It refers to the London Games of 1908, and to a current Olympic fund. It was written by Lord Northcliffe, who was grumbling about a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle regarding the fund. In the document Northcliffe describes himself as "not keen" on the Olympics, and not happy at being pushed into forming the fundraising committee. Later in the letter he describes those who seem to think he should be raising the money as ‘busybodies'.
Northcliffe was a contributor to the Olympic fund for the 1908 games. London hosted the games rather unexpectedly, as Italy had to pull out when funds were needed to repair the damage after an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and they could not afford to host the games. Conan Doyle was a big fundraiser for that, and later Olympic events. He even covered the marathon for the Daily Mail.