Mahatma Letter No. 52

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: March 11, 1882 – see below
Received on: March 14, 1882 – see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Allahabad, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 52 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 144 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Impossible: no power. Will write thro' Bombay.

K. H.



Context and background

After he received the note published as Mahatma Letter No. 50 (See Context and background through Bhavani Rao Shankar, Sinnettt wrote again the next day to Mahatma K.H., thinking that he might take additional advantage of the conditions presented by the presence of H. S. Olcott and the young man. He gave this letter to Bhavani Rao on the evening of March 13. On the 14th he this very short note from K.H. saying: "Impossible: no power. Will write thro’ Bombay."

Sinnett comments that when, in due time, he received Mahatma Letter No. 54 written through Bombay, he learned that the limited facilities of the moment had been exhausted and that his suggestions could not be complied with. But the importance of the whole thing, he said, was the fact that he did, after all, exchange letters with K.H. at an interval of a few hours at a time when H.P.B. was at the other side of India.

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio not identified. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson,

Seven words in KH script on one side of a sheet of paper. On back: "A. P. Sinnett."[1]

Publication history

Commentary about this letter

The letter that the Master promised to write through Bombay is Mahatma Letter No. 54.


  1. George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 104.