A quote you may enjoy. The location is given as number 256 In Ronald De Waal’s massive work, The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes, 1974 edition. The quote is attributed to Vincent Starrett who is addressing the unpublished adventures. As I do not have the Starrett work in my meager collection I would be grateful to anyone who would kind enough to look it up and let me know the details of the listing.
“Fragments of mystery exist completely in memory or anticipation like tales read long ago and years forgotten– their outlines blur and waver just beyond the edge of thought. It is part of Watson’s magic that some of those lost adventures, never set down in print, seem to inhabit the chambers of the mind as memorably as those 60 others that made up the saga.”
I freely admit the emphasis on the Watson’s Magic is my mine own editing.