Mrs. Katherine Tingley Channels
the Recently Deceased William Q. Judge

by David Green

Mrs. Tingley

Mr. Judge

Mrs. Cleather

Mr. Neresheimer

The original of the following letter is in the handwriting of Mr. Emil August Neresheimer and is preserved in the Archives of  The Theosophical Society, Pasadena, California. The letter is dated March 31, 1896 and was written to Mrs. Alice L. Cleather, a Theosophist then residing in England.  Mr. Neresheimer wrote the letter only ten days after Judge's death.  E.A. Neresheimer was a close friend of Mr. Judge and executor of Judge's will. The following excerpts from the letter were first published in the book The Point Loma Community in California: 1897-1942 by Emmett A. Greenwalt (University of California Press, 1955; second & revised ed. with new title, Point Loma Publications, 1978, pages 16-7).

"[March 31, 1896]

The day after he [W. Q. Judge] died he sent for me through [this symbol designates Mrs. Katherine Tingley] with whom he made me acquainted in 1894. . . . Next day early I called, could not connect with him [Judge], all I could get through [Mrs. Tingley] was 'to go slow, immensely slow.' He had something to say before the incineration. He came again at 12 m. next day but said nothing of any account. [Mrs Tingley] was not conscious.

Two days afterward I was sent for in the evening. . . . I went, made notes of what he [Judge] wished me to say to the others, which was mostly retailing my entire connection, introduction by him [Judge] to [Mrs Tingley], all that transpired about the arrangement of the Convention of 1895, program of which was furnished me by [Mrs Tingley] and which was carried out. This I did to the (skeptical) audience consisting of E.T.H. Patterson, James Pryse, Griscom, Fussell (who were all designated to hear it) and I also transmitted the appointment for all of us to meet at Purple's [Mrs Tingley] same evening at 7:45 p.m.

The Rajah [Judge] commenced to talk almost immediately through [Mrs Tingley], suggesting to select the Outer-Head and the Council. First change of feeling occurred at recognition of the Rajah. Skepticism was carried to the winds, doubts vanished, and spontaneity prevailed. . . . I tell you the thing was most wonderful and impressive. . . . "

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