Mahatma Letter No. 79

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: probably Djual Khool
Written on: unknown
Received on: August 1882
Other dates: none
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Simla, India
Via: none

This is Letter No. 116 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Envelope ????

A. P. Sinnett.



Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

My dear Friend,

I am tired and disgusted with all this wrangling to death. Please read this before giving it to Mr. Hume. If, as a debt of gratitude, he would exact but a pound of flesh, I would have naught to say — but a pound of useless verbiage is indeed more than even I — can stand!

Yours ever,

K. H.



  • A pound of flesh refers to Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, in which a lender insists on the harsh consequence of defaulting on a desperate bargain.

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:

On the front of an envelope 4" X 5" [10.2 X 12.7 cm] to A. P. Sinnett, in blue pencil. The envelope may have enclosed a letter to AOH which KH asked APS to read before sending it on to him.[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), 134.

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