Statement of the
Hon'ble J[ohn] Smith,
Member of the Legislative Council, N.S.W.,
Professor in Sydney University, President of the Royal Society, N.S.W., &c., &c. (1)
[Reprinted from A.O. Hume's Hints on Esoteric
No. 1, Calcutta, 1882, 2nd. ed., pp. 97-98.]
Dear Colonel Olcott, -
While the following facts are fresh in my memory I place them on record for your use.
On the evening of 31st January, when the daily batch of letters were being
opened, one was found to contain some red writing different from the body of the letter.
Col. Olcott took two unopened letters and asked Madame Blavatsky if she could perceive
similar writing in them. Putting them to her forehead she said one contained the word
"carelessly" and the other something about Col. Olcott and a branch at Cawnpore.
I then examined these letters and found the envelopes sound. I opened them and saw
the words mentioned. One letter from Meerut, one from Cawnpore, and one from Hyderabad.
Next day at tiffin Col. Olcott remarked that if I were to get any letters while here there
might be some of the same writing in them. I replied that there would be "no
chance of that, as no one would write to me". Madame Blavatsky then looking
fixedly for a little, said: "I see a Brother here." He asks if you would like
some such token as to what we have been speaking of", [I cannot give the exact
words]. I replied that I would be much gratified. She rose from the table and told us to
follow her. Taking my hand, she led me along the verandah, stopping and looking about at
some points till we reached the door of my bed-room. She then desired me to enter alone
and look round the room to see if there was anything unusual, and to close the other
doors. I did so, and was satisfied the room was in its usual condition. She desired us to
sit down, and in doing so took my hands in both of hers. In a few seconds a letter fell at
my feet. It seemed to me to appear first above the level of my head. On opening the
envelope I found a sheet of note paper headed with a Government stamp of the North-Western
Provinces and Oudh, and the following words written with red pencil, in exactly the
same handwriting as that in the letters of the previous evening: "NO
CHANCE of writing to you inside your letters, but I can write direct.
Work for us in Australia, and we will not prove ungrateful, but will prove to you our
actual existence, and thank you." A fair review of the circumstances excludes, in my
opinion, any theory of fraud.
Bombay, 2nd February, 1882.
(Sd.) J. Smith
(1) The Hon'ble Professor Smith, on his way home
from Australia, was stopping for a few days at our [Theosophical Society] head-quarters. -