Mahatma Letter No. 80

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
Written on: unknown
Received on: early autumn, 1882
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Simla, India
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 80 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 118 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

This is a fraudulent intrusion into private correspondence. No time to even answer your queries — will do so to-morrow or next day. For several days I have noticed something like anxiety in your lady's thoughts about "Den." Children's diseases are seldom dangerous even when somewhat neglected, if the child have naturally a strong constitution; the pampered ones falling naturally victims to contagion.

I remarked her fear of carrying the germs of the disease home with her at Mr. Hume's the other day, as my attention was drawn to her by the "Disinherited" who was on the watch. Fear not in any case. I hope you will pardon me if I advise you to



  • Den refers to the Sinnetts' young son Dennie, who was ill.
  • the germs mentioned refer to the tuberculosis from which Mrs. Hume suffered.

Page 2

sew up the enclosed in a small bag — a part of it will do — and hang it on the child's neck.

Unable as I am to carry into your homestead the full magnetism of my physical person I do the next best thing by sending you a lock of hair as a vehicle for the transmission of my aura in a concentrated condition. Do not allow anyone to handle it except Mrs. Sinnett. You'll do well not to approach Mr. Fern too near for a time.


K. H.

Say nothing of this note to anybody.



Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson, the letter was written:

In blue pencil on a sheet of ochre colored paper, about 5" X 9" [12.7 X 22.9 cm], which has imprinted on it a Chinese picture in red ink, probably a wood-block cut.[1]

Publication history

Commentary about this letter


  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), 136.