Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was introduced to him by a mutual friend in New York who has not been identified. She wrote: "You could not have been presented by a more welcome friend than our lighthearted sneering little French “BulBul,” my beloved “petite vielle” [Fr. little old woman] A. Harrissee[.] His introduction was not required though, to make me know a name which the zephyrs of social fame had long since wafted to the four quarters of the world."
- H. P. Blavatsky to unknown correspondent. January 31, 1882. She was writing from Bombay. This letter was transcribed from a photocopy in Vault MSS 2, box 6 folder 45; Fred A. Rosenstock autograph collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602. Discovered there by Daniel Caldwell. The original was sold by the library and its current whereabouts are unknown.