Jun 28, 1996 09:21 AM
This text is from a carbon copy of a transcript written initially
to Helen I. Dennis in America from Annie Besant. Details
May 10th, 1906.
My Dear Mrs. Dennis:---
I am very grieved to read your letter.
You ask me what you are to think as to my position. This: I know
Mr. Leadbeater to be a disciple of Master K; I have constantly
met him out of the body, and seen him with the Masters, and
trusted with their work. I know that if he were evil minded
this could not be. I cannot therefore join in hounding him out
of the T.S. in which he has been one of our best workers.
Further, I know how much terrible evil exists among young men, and
the desperate straits in which they find themselves. To deal
with these evils falls to the lot of many a clergyman, parent,
and teacher, and I cannot pour unlimited condemnation on an
attempt to deal with them.
My own publication of the Knowlton pamphlet was a mistake; but it
was made with good intent. The Masters saw the motive, and
cared not for the blunder, and what I did carried me to
You speak of a petition made to me in India, to remove him from my
side. It is the first I have heard of it; there has been no
such petition. I looked up the Feb. Theosophist, which I had
not read; I do not think the Colonel used my name to shield Mr.
Leadbeater, and he speaks of attacks on himself.
The T.S. and E.S. cannot be "above reproach" in your sense. The
Coulomb attack of H.P.B. was made in the name of high morality
and discredited the T.S. But it had to bear it. The forgery of
Judge discredited the T.S. but we had to bear it, till Judge
himself broke away; he was not expelled. These trials come from
time to time.
Doubtless from the worldly point of view I should save trouble by
deserting Mr. Leadbeater, but I do not see that to be my duty.
As he is now publicly attacked, I have advised him to resign, and
to appeal to Colonel Olcott to investigate the charges, and to
decide the matter, and he to suspend his work meanwhile, The
decision rightly lies with the President.
As to the American E.S., all its activities must be suspended.
It is sad that you have so been so hasty, instead of keeping
silence till the T.S. President and Executive Council had had
the charges laid before them. Nothing would have been lost by
taking the more dignified and constitutional line, and much
public trouble would have been avoided. I am surprised that Mr.
Fullerton, who owes Mr. Leadbeater so much, has not acted with
(Signed) Annie Besant.
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