The Editor, The "Bombay Gazette."
The Bombay Gazette, November 1, 1880, p.3.]
writer of this letter, Major Phillip D. Henderson, was a witness to Madame Blavatsky's
occult production of the famous "cup and saucer" at a picnic in Simla, India.
See A.P. Sinnett's account for
details of the picnic; see also Colonel Olcott's account.
Sinnett mentions in his account that "[Mr. Henderson] afterwards
changed his mind about the satisfactory character of the cup phenomenon." --- BAO
Sir,---Your issue of the 13th
instant contains a letter signed by
Colonel Olcott, President of the Theosophical Society, who makes a most
unjustifiable use of my name in a gratuitous advertisement of his society. It would appear
from his letter, as if I had in my official capacity promised aid and countenance to the
society. Nothing could have been further from my intention, and Colonel Olcott has
entirely misconstrued some expressions of courtesy used in private conversation.
As his offence has been followed up by a
letter to another Bombay paper, in which liberties are again taken with my name, I think
it as well to mention, for the information of my friends, that I am not a theosophist, nor
a believer in the phenomena of theosophy, which I entirely discredit. Neither have I any
intention of furthering the objects of the society, officially or privately, directly or
P. D. HENDERSON, Major.
SIMLA, 25th October.