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A Letter from E. A. Neresheimer to Alice Cleather
Katherine Tingley Channels
the Recently Deceased William Q. Judge

by David Green

Katherine Tingley

William Q. Judge

Alice Cleather

E.A. Neresheimer

The original of the following letter is in the handwriting of Emil August Neresheimer and is preserved in the Archives of  The Theosophical Society, Pasadena, California. The letter is dated March 31, 1896 and was written to Alice Leighton Cleather, a Theosophist (also a member of the English E.S.T. Council) residing in England.  Mr. Neresheimer wrote the letter only ten days after Judge's death.  E.A. Neresheimer was a close friend of Mr. Judge and executor of Judge's will.

The following excerpts from the letter were first published in the book The Point Loma Community in California: 1897-1942 by Emmett A. Greenwalt (University of California Press, 1955; second & revised ed. with a new title California Utopia:  Point Loma:  1897-1942, Point Loma Publications, 1978, pages 16-17).

"[March 31, 1896]

The day after he [W. Q. Judge] died he sent for me through [Katherine Tingley] with whom he made me acquainted in 1894. . . . Next day early I called, could not connect with him [Judge], all I could get through [Mrs. Tingley] was 'to go slow, immensely slow.' He had something to say before the incineration. He came again at 12 m. next day but said nothing of any account. [Mrs. Tingley] was not conscious.

Two days afterward I was sent for in the evening.  We (Griscom, E.T. H. [Ernest T. Hargrove] and myself) had been engaged all along night after night sorting [Judge's] papers and things; I went [to Mrs. Tingley's home], made notes of what he [Judge] wished me to say to the others, which was mostly retailing my entire connection, introduction by him [Judge] to [Mrs. Tingley], all that transpired about the arrangement for the [T.S.] Convention of [April] 1895, program of which was furnished me by [Mrs. Tingley] and which was carried out. This I did to the (skeptical) audience consisting of E.T.H., Patterson, James Pryse, Griscom, Fussell (who were all designated to hear it) and I also transmitted the appointment for all of us to meet at Purple's [Mrs. Tingley's home] same evening at 7:45 p.m.

[At the 7:45 p.m. meeting] The Rajah [Judge] commenced to talk almost immediately through [Mrs. Tingley], suggesting to select the Outer-Head and the Council. First change of feeling occurred at recognition of the Rajah. Skepticism was carried to the winds, doubts vanished, and spontaneity prevailed. . . . I tell you the thing was most wonderful and impressive. . . . "

[Compare the above 1896 account by Neresheimer with his more detailed account written in 1932.]

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