Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 5
|Written by:||Serapis Bey|
|Received by:||Henry Steel Olcott|
|Written on:||June-August 1875|
|Received on:||June-August 1875|
|Received at:||New York|
This is Letter No. 5 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. In it Mahatma Serapis Bey encourages Henry Steel Olcott to draw closer to Elbridge Gerry Brown. Letters 4-8 of this series are closely related.
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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes
. . .Try to win the Bostonian youth’s confidence. Try to make him open his heart and his hopes to you, and forward his letters to the Lodges through Brother John.
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Context and background
Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this background information:
...the Egyptian Brotherhood originally intended to make the nucleus of the Movement not two but three. The third person was a young American, Elbridge Gerry Brown, the editor of the Spiritual Scientist, Boston. Gerry Brown stood out from other spiritualists by a desire to understand the occult laws behind spiritualistic phenomena. It was the intention of the Egyptian Brotherhood that the Theosophical Movement should, as its first work, initiate a broadening and deepening of Spiritualism. While proof as to survival after death was most valuable, it was only one fact in a larger philosophy which the Adept Brothers intended to give to mankind. Gerry Brown evidently in the beginning responded to these ideals, for he placed his paper at the service of the Brotherhood. Both H.P.B. and H.S.O. not only contributed articles, but also much money to the support of the Scientist. This part of the plan, however, broke down....
Gerry Brown went bankrupt in September 1878, owing money to both H.P.B. and Colonel Olcott....
Physical description of letter
The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.
Commentary about this letter
Mr. Jinarajadasa wrote little commentary about this very short letter:
So Gerry Brown lost the great opportunity offered him by the Masters of becoming one of a noble triad whom future Theosophists would ever hold in reverent gratitude.
- C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 14-16.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 14-15.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 15.