Jun 26, 1996 06:51 PM
This is the first of a number of letters writen by Helen I. Dennis.
This transcript is taken from a carbon copy in the recently
discovered archive in England.
Chicago, March 8th, 1906.
Dear Mrs. Besant:-
The enclosed speaks for itself and gives proof, if any further
proof were needed, of what Mr. Leadbeater is teaching the youths
entrusted to his care.
(Signed) Helen I. Dennis.
The following is an exact copy of a note sent to the third boy by
Mr. Leadbeater. He is one of the boys who travelled with Mr.
Leadbeater for months. It was accidentally discovered by the
housekeeper of the house in which the family lived while in
--------, among some rubbish which they had left behind them.
The housekeeper is an F.T.S., and a practical Scotch woman who
never throws anything into the fire without first looking at it
and thus she found it. ----- has been the home of the family for
sometime and it is the home to which the third boy went when his
travels with Mr. Leadbeater were ended. They now live in
The mother had told this housekeeper that Mr. L. had given the
third boy some exercise for the private, that would kill out all
desire for women and marriage. The mother did not know just what
it was, only that he did it in the morning while at his bath.
It seems that the third boy told the family doctor what he was
doing, and he must have written to Mr. L. about it and received.
the following reply.
PRIVATE. "You made a mistake in mentioning that matter to the
doctor; these things should be kept entirely to ourselves, and
it may lead to much undesirable talk. I told you long ago that
there were different opinions as to the best way to manage these
things, and your doctor evidently holds a strongly opposite
view. Still, there may be this much reason in what he says, that
while you are not quite well we should spend no force that can
be avoided. You will remember that when we met in ---------- I
suggested longer intervals until you were completely recovered.
Suppose you leave him entirely alone until the end of the year,
and then report to me whether be has been troublesome in any
way. Let us see how long he can conveniently go, for we
certainly do not want any drain on the system, as you say. But
keep your thoughts entirely away from all subjects that might
excite him, and if he is persistent, put him into cold water."
I certainly expected a cable from her after the receipt of this
letter, announcing the reversal of her decision, such as came
later in June, but instead I received following, merely
repeating her decision of Feb. 26th.
Helen I Dennis
"I have your other note, and as I understand very well the object
and nature of what was said to the boys, I can only repeat that
I dissent from the method, but believe, am sure, the object was
to save from profligacy or excess of any kind."
(Signed) Annie Besant.
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