Published by Blavatsky Study Center. Online Edition copyright 2003.
Comments by the Editors of Theosophy Magazine
on the Letter from J.H. Fussell to Rev. S.J. Neill
[Quoted from the book titled The Theosophical Movement: 1875-1950
by the Editors of Theosophy Magazine (The Cunningham Press, 1951) pp. 272-273.]
Further evidence of some sort of fantastic juggling of the facts, whether by psychic glamor or by deliberate, if pious, falsification - which, or how, will probably never be finally determined - lies in a letter of Joseph H. Fussell to a New Zealand member, the Rev. S.J. Neill. This letter is in Mr. Fussell's own handwriting and is dated March 28, 1896 - the day before that on which Mr. Fussell, with six others, solemnly approved all that E.T. Hargrove asserted concerning the "instructions" from Mr. Judge. The letter is as follows:
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [See Fussell's letter.]
It was this same Fussell who, on March 29, 1896, solemnly assured the E.S.T. meeting in New York: "I wish to say first that I know of my own knowledge that what our Brother Ernest T. Hargrove has stated is true. . . . " Hargrove had unequivocally claimed the discovery of "papers" of Mr. Judge directing the formation of the Council and indicating the identity of the new "Outer Head." But Mr. Fussell, on March 28, says that the Council was proposed as a "suggestion" to be submitted to members of the E.S.T. for their approval!
Who is telling the truth, and when is he telling the truth? Was Fussell telling the truth to Neill? Then why did he sign the pamphlet dated April 3, asserting that Mr. Judge had ordered the formation of the Council? If Hargrove is telling the truth in his letter of January 30, 1898, to Mrs. Tingley, then he, supported by seven other members of the Council, was merely using his "influence" to ensconce Mrs. Tingley as "occult" successor to Judge, although there were no clear directions from Mr. Judge at all.
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