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With the date for the election of new authorities approaching, [[Koot Hoomi|Mahatma K.H.]] sent telegrams to Mr. Sinnett and Mrs. Kingsford saying that the latter should remain as President of the Lodge. The reason for this was given by the Master in [[Mahatma Letter No. 120|one of his letters]], where he states that "whether the gifted President of the 'London Lodge' Theos. Soc. entertains feelings of reverence or disrespect toward the humble and unknown individuals at the head of the Tibetan Good Law", due to the fact that the London population was not familiar with Tibetan doctrines a Christian esoteric approach was better fitted "for the purpose we have all at heart, namely the dissemination of TRUTH through Esoteric doctrines, conveyed by whatever religious channel, and the effacement of crass materialism and blind prejudices and skepticism".<ref>Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., ''The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence'' No. 120 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 409-410.</ref>
 
With the date for the election of new authorities approaching, [[Koot Hoomi|Mahatma K.H.]] sent telegrams to Mr. Sinnett and Mrs. Kingsford saying that the latter should remain as President of the Lodge. The reason for this was given by the Master in [[Mahatma Letter No. 120|one of his letters]], where he states that "whether the gifted President of the 'London Lodge' Theos. Soc. entertains feelings of reverence or disrespect toward the humble and unknown individuals at the head of the Tibetan Good Law", due to the fact that the London population was not familiar with Tibetan doctrines a Christian esoteric approach was better fitted "for the purpose we have all at heart, namely the dissemination of TRUTH through Esoteric doctrines, conveyed by whatever religious channel, and the effacement of crass materialism and blind prejudices and skepticism".<ref>Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., ''The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence'' No. 120 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 409-410.</ref>
  
However, due to the ill feelings between the two factions, the [[Maha Chohan]] advises to postpone the election until [[April 7]], 1884, when [[Henry Steel Olcott|Col. Olcott]] would visit the Lodge, accompanied by Mohini M. Chatterji, who was at the time his private secretary.
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However, due to the ill feelings between the two factions, the [[Maha Chohan]] advises to postpone the election until April, 1884, when [[Henry Steel Olcott|Col. Olcott]] would visit the Lodge.
  
On that day a compromise candidate, [[G. B. Finch|Mr. Finch]], was elected as President, Mr. Sinnett Vice-President and Secretary, and Miss [[Francesca Arundale]] as Treasurer. The Kingsford-Maitland group were not happy, and applied for a charter to form a separate Branch, the "[[Hermetic Lodge]]" of the Theosophical Society. Eventually, the formation of a new Society was suggested to Mrs. Kingsford, and this gave birth to the [[Hermetic Society]].
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Col. Olcott arrived to London accompanied by [[Mohini Mohun Chatterji]], who was at the time his private secretary, and arranged with the Kingsford-Maitland group to issue a charter to form a separate Branch, the "[[Hermetic Lodge]]" of the Theosophical Society.<ref>Henry Steel Olcott, ''Old Diary Leaves'' Third Series (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1974), 97.</ref>
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On [[April 7]], 1884, [[G. B. Finch|Mr. Finch]], was elected as President of the London Lodge, Mr. Sinnett Vice-President and Secretary, and Miss [[Francesca Arundale]] as Treasurer.
  
 
== Master M. appears ==
 
== Master M. appears ==

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The British Theosophical Society was the first official lodge to be chartered by the Parent Society. It was founded on June 27, 1878, in London. On June 3, 1883, the name of the lodge was changed to London Lodge of the Theosophical Society.

Founding

On December 11, 1877, C. C. Massey, W. S. Moses, J. S. Cobb, and Emily Kislingbury met in London to read Col. Olcott's instructions concerning the formation of what eventually became the London Lodge. The first meeting was held on June 27 at 38, Great Russell St., London. Mr. Cobb represented Col. Olcott; C. C. Massey was chosen President; and Miss Kislingbury, Secretary.

The Founders attend a meeting of the British Theosophical Society in London on January 5, 1879, on their way to move to India.

In August, 1882, C. C. Massey is elected as President, succeeding Dr. George Wyld. The Lodge was not doing very well and Mr. Massey felt that Dr. Anna Kingsford was the only one who could keep the group from dying.[1]

On January 7, 1883, there is an annual election of officers. Dr. Anna Bonus Kingsford (who was still in Paris) is elected President with Edward Maitland and Dr. Wyld as Vice-Presidents. W. T. Brown was among its members.

Change of name

On April, 1883, Mr. Sinnett moves back to London and joins the Lodge. On May 20, 1883, Dr. Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland return to England, after a stay in Switzerland, to commence their duties in connection with the British Theosophical Society. Mrs. Kingsford suggests that the name be changed to "London Lodge of the Theosophical Society". On June 3, at a meeting held at 1, Albert Mansions, Victoria St., London, S.W., the English Fellows decide, at Dr. Anna Kinsford's wish, seconded by Mr. Sinnett, to change the name of their Lodge.

Internal dissension

Although A. P. Sinnett's arrival gave renewed impetus to the activities of the London Lodge, it would also prove to be a source of difficulty.

On October 21, 1883, due to Dr. Kingsford being "unavoidably absent", Edward Maitland reads an address from her before the Lodge. Several members protested its language and passed a Resolution stating the fact. Internal dissension begins to come out into the open.

Members were divided among two distinct groups: one, the larger, led by Mr. Sinnett, was specially drawn to the Oriental and Tibetan teachings, as represented in his books, The Occult World and Esoteric Buddhism; the second, the smaller, led by Dr. Kingsford and Edward Maitland, was more attracted to a revival of mystical and esoteric Christianity, the Kabbalah and the teachings of the Hermetic philosophy.

In December (some sources say the 9th, some others the 16th), Mrs. Kingsford and Mr. Maitland release a Circular entitled A Letter Addressed to the Fellows of the London Lodge of The Theosophical Society, by the President and a Vice-President of the Lodge (privately printed by Bunny and Davis, Shrewsbury, England. 39 pp.) severely criticizing the teachings contained in Mr. Sinnett's book Esoteric Buddhism. The Circular also stated the necessity of forming a distinct body or group within the general group of the Lodge.

With the date for the election of new authorities approaching, Mahatma K.H. sent telegrams to Mr. Sinnett and Mrs. Kingsford saying that the latter should remain as President of the Lodge. The reason for this was given by the Master in one of his letters, where he states that "whether the gifted President of the 'London Lodge' Theos. Soc. entertains feelings of reverence or disrespect toward the humble and unknown individuals at the head of the Tibetan Good Law", due to the fact that the London population was not familiar with Tibetan doctrines a Christian esoteric approach was better fitted "for the purpose we have all at heart, namely the dissemination of TRUTH through Esoteric doctrines, conveyed by whatever religious channel, and the effacement of crass materialism and blind prejudices and skepticism".[2]

However, due to the ill feelings between the two factions, the Maha Chohan advises to postpone the election until April, 1884, when Col. Olcott would visit the Lodge.

Col. Olcott arrived to London accompanied by Mohini Mohun Chatterji, who was at the time his private secretary, and arranged with the Kingsford-Maitland group to issue a charter to form a separate Branch, the "Hermetic Lodge" of the Theosophical Society.[3]

On April 7, 1884, Mr. Finch, was elected as President of the London Lodge, Mr. Sinnett Vice-President and Secretary, and Miss Francesca Arundale as Treasurer.

Master M. appears

On April 7, 1884, when Colonel Olcott was giving an opening speech at Mr. Finch’s rooms, the astral form of Mahatma M. appeared for a few seconds. It was seen by Mr. Mohini, Mary Gebhard and Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olcott.[4]

Separation and rejoining

In February 1909, the lodge separated for a short time from the TS, and changed its name to the Eleusinian Society during this time. In spring 1911, the lodge became again part of the TS, and changed its name back to London Lodge.

Notes

  1. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence No. 119 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 406.
  2. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence No. 120 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 409-410.
  3. Henry Steel Olcott, Old Diary Leaves Third Series (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1974), 97.
  4. A Casebook of Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas Case 43, compiled and edited by Daniel H. Caldwell