Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 29

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Written by: Serapis Bey
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 3 October 1879
Other dates: none
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Bombay
Via: none

This is Letter No. 29 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. In it Mahatma Serapis Bey advises Henry Steel Olcott about dealing with Rosa Bates.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes


1. Assert your rights to the paper — it was established for you, none but you two have a right over it as directed by — *[symbol]*.

2. Never ask the “maid” in question to do anything whatever. Dispense with her services as much as you can, and altogether if you can.

3. Do it in such a way however as not to lead to an open quarrel. Whenever convenient explain that the paper is neither yours nor H.P.B.’s but belongs to and is under the control of certain persons no one knows anything about except your two selves. Try to avoid bringing into the “Office” that opposing, malevolent magnetism of the maid. You have lost 31 subscribers through that influence.

More to-morrow.


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Context and background

Mr. Jinarājadāsa provided this background information on the series of letters numbered 9-20:

Finally, a furious quarrel arose between Miss Bates and Madame Coulomb in July, 1880. Miss Bates left and Mr. E. Wimbridge with her, both generally vilifying H.P.B. and Colonel Olcott.[2]

Physical description of letter

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

Publication history

Commentary about this letter

Mr. Jinarājadāsa provided this foreword on the series of letters numbered 28-45:

I have arranged the letters which follow, so far as possible, in the order in which they were received. On some, Colonel Olcott has made a memorandum of the date. For others, I have been able to get the date from his Diaries. There are a few, however, of which I am fairly certain as to the year, because of the first script of Master M. referred to already [see Morya:Writing style], but there is no indication anywhere as to the month. Some of the letters bear no signature.[3]

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 71-72, .
  2. C. Jinarājadāsa, 72.
  3. C. Jinarājadāsa, 70.