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A Letter from W.Q. Judge to Katherine Tingley

by H.N. Stokes

[Reprinted from O.E. Library Critic (Washington, D.C.), October 1932, pp. 4-5.]

Note by the Editor - The following is a letter from W.Q. Judge to Mrs. Tingley, now in the archives of the Point Loma T.S.  While the month and year are not given, the date is obviously January 5th, 1895, the time when Judge was receiving what he regarded as communications from the discarnate H.P.B.  (See letter of Judge to Dr. Archibald Keightley dated January 4th, 1895, to be printed in the next CRITIC.)   The trip referred to in the heading is briefly described in the February, 1895, Path (page 407).  Judge went to Chicago, returning via Cincinnati (Jan. 12th-15th), reaching New York January 17th.

"Purple" was a sobriquet of Mrs. Tingley used by Judge and by her intimate associates up to the day of her death, and is supposed to be based on some occult relationship between the color purple and Mrs. Tingley's character.  The signature, the sign of Aries, was occasionally used by Judge, I am informed.  He was born April 13th, 1851, which falls in that constellation.  The letter "R" is represented in the original by a sign (possibly stenographic) referring to a prominent personage whose identity may be surmised.  The "Spanish idea" is given in the quotations made by Hargrove in the E.S.T. circular of April 3d, 1896 (pages 7, 8) and in part in the loose scratch pad sheets in Judge's writing described in the September CRITIC, as purporting to be communications from H.P.B.

This letter not only shows Judge's belief in the supposed H.P.B. communications, but indicates an intimate friendship with and confidence in Mrs. Tingley.   Not only does he ask her advice on the Spanish matter and promise to act on it; he says "I shall have you in mind every day".  It is clear that Judge was in the habit of consulting Mrs. Tingley on confidential matters.  The letter follows:

5th on train

Dear Purple

Just as I was leaving some foreign letters came & I sent his letter so you could see how he is.  I wish you would get those glasses I spoke of as you do not like to read with what you have.  You ought to see how he is now, for he is either lying on purpose in the letter or speaking his heart.  I think the latter.  I do not know what proof he wants or would accept.  You see he has not taken well what I said as to an anonymous letter.  He may tell it to all the rest & thus prevent their sending any. In the other letter is one from the printer who saw Prince long ago - I told you of him - He tirades agst the Hdqr's crowd like anything.

Now about this Spanish idea.  It's a good one - but.  It will raise a lot of ideas & talk.  It will raise some jealousy.  She was right in saying, as she did today, that she did not mean to exclude the rest of Europe and that those now in the work in Spain had not used all efforts.  They have not.   Now the prominent man there has not accepted the order.  Would it be well to tell him what she has said?  It looks to me like a good idea.  He does believe in HPB and R will certainly have no such message for him.  If you think well of this plan I will write to him from Chicago.

They report that the R crowd in London are now beginning to pretend to hear from Master.  They will have revelations soon.  They intend to try & show that HPB changed her opinion of me in 1891.

I shall have you in mind every day.  Why dont you put down briefly things you get  & not have them all lost.

Well the train jolts & I stop.  It seems singular the Truth does not come.  Why do you suppose?  Good night

I forgot that small bottle for gargle - as usual.  But I have the white oil.  Nasty.


The above is an exact copy made by me of an original letter in William Q. Judge's handwriting, written on two sides of one sheet of white paper, 6 7/8 in. by 10 inches, the top half of the first side (i.e. the first paragraph) in pencil, the remainder in ink.

Copy made and compared by me with the original, this 23rd day of October 1932, at Oakley House, Bromley Common, Kent, England.




We, the undersigned, on this 23rd day of October, 1932, at Oakley House, Bromley Common, Kent, England, have compared the above copy with the above-described original letter in W.Q. Judge's handwriting, and find the copy to be accurate in every respect.





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