Priory Scholars of NYC Summer 2019 Meeting

Dear Scholars,

Come toast the summer season – with beeswing, if you please. The next meeting of the Priory Scholars is on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 12:00-4:00 PM. Class will be held, as usual, at THE CHURCHILL TAVERN, 45 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016. The restaurant is located between Madison and Park Avenues, around the corner from the 28th Street subway station for the 4 & 6 trains. As in previous years, we recommend registering early. Please note our new pre-payment policy, below.

Our class will be based around “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange.” We will be challenged by another of Prof. Raj Pandravada’s quizzes. For our discussion, I encourage you to read the story and reflect upon the below possible topics of discussion:

  • “The game is afoot” – only time Holmes says this phrase in the Canon
  • “I’ll swear that it’s wrong” – How does this compare with Holmes’ expressions of uncertainty/cogitation in other stories?
  • “Watson, you are a British jury” – How do we feel about Holmes’ ad hoc courtroom? What insights does his – and Watson’s – decision give into Holmes’ theories of justice?

While our dining room comfortably seats approximately 40 people, we must inform the restaurant how many students to expect. A new policy dictates that we ask all students pay for class at the time of enrollment; we will not otherwise be able to hold your place. Please send your RSVP and tuition fee of $40 no later than Friday, July 19 in order to confirm your enrollment. Payments should be made to our Bursar, Prof. Christopher Zordan. You may pre-pay by sending a check payable to Christopher Zordan, 242 Rooney Court, East Brunswick, NJ 08816; payment can also be made via Paypal to; choose the “send money to friends” option. Should you have any questions, please email

If financial challenges may prevent you from attending, please contact the Headmaster directly at to inquire about our scholarship program.

In addition to our spirited discussion, there will be toasts, reports from recent Sherlockian events, a rousing rendition of our school song, and more! If you are interested in offering a toast or completing a homework assignment, please inquire of Prof. Tamar Zeffren at or the Headmaster.

Yours, with milk and biscuits,

Nick Martorelli, Headmaster

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