Mahatma Letter to Terry - LMW 2 No. 80

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Written by: Madame Blavatsky and Morya
Received by: William H. Terry
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: 5 November 1881
Received on: 12 December 1881
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: Dehra Dun, India
Received at: Melbourne, Australia
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 80 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Morya has added a brief note to a letter Madame Blavatsky wrote to William H. Terry.[1]

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For very good reasons I beg leave to ask you the favour to first ascertain the whereabouts of the Professor. I have some business with him and a promise to redeem.


(mis)named the “Illustrious” by Mr. Sinnett, tho’ I be but a poor Tibetan Fakir. Private and confidential.



Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this background information:

H.P.B. posted a letter on November 5, 1881 from Dehra Dun to Mr. W.H. Terry, editor of the Harbinger of Light, Melbourne, who received it on December 12. She begins: “Will you kindly undertake to either forward the enclosed to the addressee or wait till the Professor returns to Australia. I had a letter from him from Paris, as far as I can remember and – lost it! It seems impossible for me to find it, and I do not find his address on the books though I know Damodar wrote it down.” In transit to Melbourne, Letter 80 was precipitated at the foot of H.P.B.’s letter to Mr. Terry. Whether “the Professor” is Professor Smith of Letter 81 which follows is not absolutely certain.[2]

Physical description of letter

The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.

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Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 152-153.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 152.