Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 4

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Written by: Serapis Bey
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: June-August 1875
Received on: June-August 1875
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: New York
Via: unknown

This is Letter No. 4 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. In it Mahatma Serapis Bey encourages Henry Steel Olcott to meet with Elbridge Gerry Brown.[1] Letters 4-8 of this series are closely related.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

... Try to see him alone; and devote the most of your time to him; on him depends the success of the spiritual movement, and the happiness as the welfare of all of you...




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....[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. 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.[3]

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 14-16.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 14-15.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 15.