Jun 28, 1996 06:09 PM
Transcript of a letter from Helen Dennis, Corresponding Secretary
of the Esoteric School of Theosophy in America, to a Miss Gosse
Mrs. Helen I. Dennis
218 E. 60th St.
June 4th 1906.
Dear Miss Gosse,
You can imagine my joy in receiving your letter. - This is the
reason I have been unable to write decent letters this winter.
Since last November when I learned the first "incredible" facts
I have tried to do what was right without undue publicity and
with some blunders of course as the result. That I have walked
the floor literally by the hour with a veritable bleeding heart
goes without saying. I of course laid the whole matter *first*
before Mrs. Besant and the bitterest drop in my cup was, after
weeks of waiting, to receive on Mch 26th or 27th I forget which
- a letter from my beloved and revered teacher - actually asking
me to cover up this crime and go on as though nothing had
happened. And now I am accused of hasty action! Well nothing
matters now that the T.S. officials have vindicated the cause of
truth and purity - I am resigning my office as Corr Secy and the
letter of announcement is in the hands of the printer - to be
sent to the members. I shall send you a copy when out.
You must not think I have done this thing alone - No, I have a
husband first - who has stood nobly by me and advised every
step. Mr. Fullerton, Mr. Knothe - Mrs & Mrs Chidester, all the
Sec'y of Discipline - Editor of Messenger - every official whom
I have had to inform stands as one and are ready to stand the
disgrace of the thing for the sake of the Society.
I am so glad you are with me. I felt sure you would be altho' I
felt that it would be an official discourtesy to your E.S.
superiors if I wrote of it to you - before they were ready to
tell you officially. I have tried to tell only those where it
was absolutely necessary in the cause of official honor & the
welfare of the Society. I grasp your hand across the Sea and
through eternity in the name of truthful friendship.
I cannot get over Mrs. Besant;s attitude - It has shaken my faith
in her wisdom - though I will not let it be shaken as to her
sincerity - Blinded by *what* delusion, do you suppose, she is
doing this awful thing? Well I must close - things are in a bad
way here. Mr. C. Jinarajadasa has made a bad matter much worse
than it need have been by so called defence of Mr L and Mrs B
which is taking a most jesuitical turn.
Helen I. Dennis.
Transcribed from the original by Alan Bain, June 29th, 1996.
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