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The Coulomb Case
Some Suggested Reading --- Pro and Con

"...none but the logician, the investigator, the
dauntless explorer should meddle with books like this.
Such delvers after truth have the courage of their opinions."  H.P. Blavatsky

"...Contrast alone can enable us to appreciate things
at their right value; and unless a judge compares notes
and hears both sides he can hardly come to a correct decision."  H.P. Blavatsky


Patterson, George.  "The Collapse of Koot Hoomi."

Patterson, George. "The Blavatsky Correspondence."

Coulomb, Emma.  Some Account of My Intercourse with
Madame Blavatsky from 1872 to 1884. London edition, 1885.

"The Testimony of Emma Coulomb & Richard Hodgson Concerning the
Appearances of the Mahatmas"

Patterson, George. "Review of Madame Coulomb's Pamphlet Against
Madame Blavatsky."

Coulomb, Emma. "THEOSOPHY. Madame Coulomb v. Madame Blavatsky."

• Society for Psychical Research Committee.   Report of the General Meeting of the SPR on May 29, 1885:  Hodgson's Report on Madame Blavatsky   (Meeting I) 1885.

• Society for Psychical Research Committee.    Report of the General Meeting of the SPR on June 26, 1885:  Hodgson's Report on Madame Blavatsky (Meeting II) 1885. 

Hodgson, Richard. "The Theosophical Society. Russian Intrigue or
Religious Evolution?"

Patterson, George. "Mrs. Besant and Madame Blavatsky: Professor
Patterson's Reply."

Patterson, George. "Madame Blavatsky."

Podmore, Frank. "Madame Blavatsky and The Theosophical Society."

Podmore, Frank.  "Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy" 

Farquhar, John Nicol.   "Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky and Mrs. Besant."
See especially pp. 228-257.

More pro-Coulomb material will be added to this section and also online in the latter part of 2008.


H.P. Blavatsky, other Theosophists, and several historical researchers have answered Emma Coulomb's charges in a variety of publications.  Some are online; others are not.

The Collapse of Koot Hoomi an 1884 interview with Madame Blavatsky

Blavatsky, H.P.   "H..P.B. on the Coulomb Forged Letters."

Blavatsky, H.P.   "My Justification."

Blavatsky, H.P.   "Madame Blavatsky’s Protest."

Society for Psychical Research Committee.   First Report of the Committee of the Society for Psychical Research, Appointed to Investigate the Evidence for Marvellous Phenomena offered by Certain Members of the Theosophical Society.  See "Note on the Coulombs".  Scroll down towards the bottom of this document to see this Note.

Report of the Committee Appointed by the Annual Convention of The
Theosophical Society to Advise Madame Blavatsky as to the Best
Course to be Taken by Her with Reference to Certain Letters
Published in the September [1884] and Following Numbers of the
Christian College Magazine

Besant, Annie. "The Great Mare's Nest of the Psychical Research

Besant, Annie.  "Mrs. Besant and Madame Blavatsky:  Mrs. Besant's Reply"

Besant, Annie.  "Mrs. Besant and Madame Blavatsky."

Studd, Samuel. Concerning H.P.B.: An Examination into the So-
called Proofs of Fraud on the Part of Madame Blavatsky.

• Hastings, Beatrice: Defence of Madame Blavatsky. Volume 2:
The "Coulomb" Pamphlet. The Hastings press, Worthington 1937. 105
pp. Not online.

Ryan, Charles J. "The Coulomb Conspiracy Against Theosophy"

• Vania, K. F.: Madame H. P. Blavatsky, her occult phenomena and the
society for physical research. Sat Publishing Co., Bombay 1951. 488
pp. This book has several chapters on the Blavatsky-Coulomb
letters. Not online

Carrithers, Jr., Walter A. "The 'Blavatsky-Coulomb Correspondence' " See also other relevant sections of Mr. Carrithers' valuable book titled Obituary: The "Hodgson Report" on Madame Blavatsky.

Carrithers, Walter A. "Richard Hodgson's Attack on Damodar K.

Carrithers, Jr, Walter A.   The Mutual Contradictions between Emma Coulomb and Richard Hodgson in Their Case against Madame
H.P. Blavatsky
by Walter Carrithers, Jr.  Part I: "The Doll"    Part II:   The "Astral Bells"   Part III:  The "Letter Traps"   Part IV: "The Shrine of Koot Hoomi"

Harrison, Vernon. "H. P. Blavatsky and the SPR, Part I."

Knoche, Grace F. "H. P. Blavatsky and The Society for Psychical

• Gomes, Michael. The Coulomb Case  Important source.  Not online.  See ordering information.

Caldwell, Daniel H. "Paranormal Features of Some of the
Appearances of the Mahatmas"
  See especially  Endnote.