Letter from William Q. Judge
(dated March 18, 1882)
[Reprinted from The Theosophical Forum (Point Loma,
September 15, 1932, p. 8.]
[The following letter is taken from one of Major General Abner
Doubledays scrap-books, held in the archives of the Theosophical Society, copied in his own handwriting
and produced here verbatim et literatim.]
March 18, 1882
To the New York Theosophical Society
After fully deciding that I could meet you on the 22d, I find that I must go to South
America for a month or two. I had counted much upon meeting with you for several reasons.
One is that I have been identified with the Theosophical movement from its beginning, and
had a close acquaintance with its two greatest apostles, H. P. Blavatsky and H. S. Olcott.
They are now in India, but look with anxiety at us, wondering why we do not do more active
work, and waiting for our onward movement.
A great deal has been said, and more thought about the two higher sections of our
society, and about those mysterious persons who have been called "The Brothers"
and "The Adepts." Some have doubted the existence of either of those sections or
of the Adepts, and others have denied any extraordinary powers of The Brothers above other
My dear friends I most earnestly and on my honor assure you that these men exist, have
powers most wonderful altho natural, and that they have much to do with the progress
of mankind, and are continually working and waiting for the outburst of the sun of truth.
They are not hampered either by distance or time, and could, if they would drop in your
midst - while your meeting progresses - letters or objects. That is, they can produce all
of the phenomena produced at spiritualistic seances.
The power which accomplishes these things is the power of the perfected human will,
even while in this mortal body. It is possible of exercise by every one of us.
Now we will not have the evidences we desire so long as we remain inactive. As one of
the Adepts only a few months ago said, "They will prove honest debtors, if we make
them our debtors."
I could repeat incident after incident occurring in my own experience which would fully
prove all I say, but just now have no time as I am much hurried, but I will do so at some
This hasty letter grows out of my intense desire to see our New York Society
established on a sure and active basis, and out of the absolute knowledge which I have of
the great possibilities there are in the movement and the most intensely interesting and
vital questions which stand awaiting solution by us.
I will however go so far as to say that one of these Adepts has written me,
saying we can expect nothing while we fail to do anything ourselves.
(Signed) William Q. Judge.