Blavatsky Letter to Holloway - MHM No. 2

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Written by: H. P. Blavatsky
Received by: Laura C. Holloway
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: in May-June 1884
Other dates: unknown 
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Paris
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 2 in Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas. H. P. Blavatsky expresses eagerness to meet with Laura C. Holloway.

Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Dearest daughter of God

Whenever you like. As soon as you return come. I too would like to have a talk with you. For I want to know whether Barkis is still willing. I was told by the Colonel that unconsciously to myself I had hurt your feelings by telling to the Duchess what I had about the Kingsford. If so, I feel really sorry. But the Duchess is an empty headed fool, and I certainly never meant to hurt. What you told me was not in confidence nor did I think it worthwhile making a secret of it.

Yours ever faithfully
HP Blavatsky



  • Barkis invokes the catchphrase "Barkis is willing" from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, which was in widespread usage in the late 1800s. It indicates that the character named Barkis was willing to marry.[1]
  • Duchess refers to the Duchess de Pomar, Marie Sinclair, Countess of Caithness, with whom HPB stayed at Nice early in 1884.

Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is a single sheet in the handwriting of H. P. Blavatsky. The location of the original of this letter is in The Winterthur Library, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Materials on Theosophy, in Winterthur, Delaware.

Publication history

This letter was was never published before its inclusion in Mrs. Holloway and the Mahatmas.

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky: Volume 1 1861-1879. Footnote on page 164-165.