William Q Judge's 1895 Letter
on Messages from the dead Madame Blavatsky
by David Green
The original of the following letter of William Quan Judge is preserved in the Archives of The Theosophical Society, Pasadena, California. Mr. Judge's letter (addressed to Dr. Archibald Keightley and other E.S.T. Councillors in England ) is dated January 4, 1895. The letter was first published in The O. E. Library Critic (Washington, D.C.), November 1932 by the editor Dr H. N. Stokes.
Dr. Stoke's Nov. 1932 article is titled "A Letter from W.Q. Judge to Dr. A. Keightley." Judge's letter is handwritten on E.S.T. letterhead stationary and is not a printed E.S.T. circular. Other than the printed letterhead, the rest of the letter "is written in ink in the handwriting of William Q. Judge." The transcript of the communication from the dead Madame Blavatsky is also in Judge's handwriting. Inspecting the original letter in 1932, these facts were certified as accurate by Iverson L Harris, Joseph H. Fussell, Elsie V Savage, Margherita Siren and Helen Harris. Dr. Stokes confirmed that Mr. Judge was residing in New York City during early January 1895. Date confirmation is also found in the E. S. T. Circular of April 3, 1896.
"All Communications herein must be marked 'Private' and contain no other Business.
WILLIAM Q. JUDGE
144 Madison Avenue,
New York, Jan. 4, 1895
Dr. A. Keightley
(for Councillors etc.)
Enclosed is an exact transcript of what HPB said to me Jany 3, prematurely ended by a visitor - as usual & as results from European continual nagging at me. It is word for word. More will be said later. You can let all worthy & devoted loyalists read this - It may be read in a proper group. Copies not to be made. This is to be kept with Council papers.
William Q. Judge
Go to no extremes in thought or act hereupon."
What follows is the transcript of the message from the discarnate Madame Blavatsky to W.Q. Judge enclosed in the above letter:
"HPB. Jany 3 1895
Yours is not a (bootless) or fruitless) errand. You have nobly sustained our cause in the crisis. Be encouraged. Well did Master know the staunch fearless attributes of your soul when he directed me to make you leader of our craft in America. As the centre of our force is attacked the more does our light work for the right. Victory is ours. All will end for the good of all. Mistakes have been made but you have not gone far from the lines laid down by Master. My desire is for you to be careful about sending out Instructions to the E.S. for treacherous and unworthy persons are within the gates, & all new ideas will be appropriated by the other side after x x x x. The forces are out and annihilation is the only thing that can interfere.
Let me tell you some of the things I have learned since I absented myself from the outer world. Many of the problems of life that should have been solved
if we had been more together have come up before me & I have learned much. I am, next to the American work, interested in Spain. Ireland can take care of
itself. In the pine woods I have found a lodge which I knew something about before I went away. There, seven chelas & the light they show that some day will
be better known, I will describe to you at our next meeting. There is much connected with it that can be used for irradiating forces in this country for there is a subtle connection. Be sure that at our next meeting it is not forgotten x x x x Slowly the light from this Lodge is being thrown over Spain & I see that from the old corpse of bigotry superstition & credulity will be reared a temple of light which will unite its forces with that of America & Ireland & from these three points I know that humanity will be saved. x x x
This battle of light & darkness in our midst seems but small (little) when I view the work before us x x x and the ends and prospects of our work shall stem the tide of this cruel & unworthy persecution. Under all work shall stem the tide of this cruel & unworthy persecution. Under all of it & over it all the Masters hand; be sure that all
is well for thee. x x x x.
The light mentioned in Spain is of seven sides & a purple & yellow light. On each of the seven sides is a star. This represents the Lodge of Spain. Connect yourself with it as you will be directed. x x x
I will not permit you to resign nor will I permit you to submit to further investigation. Form your plans for the American work. Keep all your lines perfect with sustaining points & leave the rest to us. This is to your questions of last night. x x x x x
I will not touch on minor points. They will take care of themselves. Master is not after minor points. Let us turn our eyes to the American future of Theosophy. x x x x
(Interruption & conclusion by a visitor)"
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