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From H.P. Blavatsky to W.Q. Judge
Dated late September 1887
My dearest W.Q.J.
If I thought for one moment that "Lucifer" will "rub out" Path I would never consent to be its editor. Now listen to me my good old friend: Once that the Masters have proclaimed your "Path" the best the most theosophical of all theosophical publications surely it is not to allow it to be rubbed out!! I know what I am saying & doing, my "commanding genius" not withstanding. To prove this (which will be proven to you by the first number of Lucifer when you see its polemical contents) I will write every month regularly for "Path" occult, transcendental & theosophical articles. I give you my word of honour of HPB. I will force people to subscribe for Path & this will never hurt "Lucifer." One is the fighting, combative Manas the other (Path) is pure Buddhi. Can't both be united in an offensive & defensive alliance in one rupa or Sthula Sarira theosophy? Lucifer will be Theosophy militant "Path" the shining light, the Star of Peace. If your intuition does not whisper to you it is so: then that intuition must be wool-gathering. No Sir; the "Path" is too well, too theosophically edited for me to interfere. I am not born for meek & conciliating literature!
Now for C. What I thought of him I say so still. But he will hence forward have an iron hand upon him unconsciously to himself. He too, is Theosophy militant & the General in chief thereon in the U.S. I thought reflected, pondered, till I had nearly become mad. I never thought he would give up the Society in giving up that dd Board of Control. But Judge, if you love theosophy & the Cause, if you would save the unfortunate building, trembling & splitting on all its seams put that strong indomitable character over the movement. Work with him be the palliative. But unless we place that Atilla as the "Angel of the Sword" no one, not even Olcott is up to that task in America. See, Adyar is collapsing. I just received another letter from O. He sends me a letter to him from Cooper-Oakely who brough t[?] the Council to vote for my not returning this year to Adyar. I will send you this specimen of foul plot & intrigue & you will judge. Beware of C.O.! He is determined to make away with me & has enrolled Subba Row with him by lies, slanders & insinuations. Believe me my Son, Hystaspes, Lucifer & the Path, are barely sufficient as an army to hold in check dark intrigues & plot. They all want to get into my shoes. May they never hurt their favourite corns!
Be quick, hurry on, whatever you do. Be ready, if you would go to the end & force by conquering it the Kingdom of Heaven. [line and a half blacked out, with only a few words visible] to be xxxxx chela xxxx has to regard xxxxxx as xxxxx guru. Such are the orders.
Yours in haste
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