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"When I received Mr. Billington’s courteous message that he would give me any information in his power I thought it best to go down to Whitby and make, on the spot, such inquiries as I wanted."

It is strange to the modern reader to see Billington, a solicitor, freely divulge information about his client’s dealings. If it weren’t for the initial resistance put up by the representative of Mitchell, Sons, & Candy (Jonathan, 2 October), you might think that the concept of client confidentiality didn't exist yet.

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“...show some sort of appreciation of their efforts in a liquid form; another put in a rider that the thirst then generated was such that even the time which had elapsed had not completely allayed it. Needless to add, I took care before leaving to lift, for ever and adequately, this source of reproach…”

Ah, the pourboires begin! Did Holmes and Watson have to deal with informants asking for tips?

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