Dear Sir and Brother,
I am always ready to render service when within my power, and, above all, when, as in
the present instance, it merely requires the speaking of the plain facts.
It is true that I did write to Mr. Sinnett some two or three years ago, in reply to one
of his letters; and I seem to remember that I narrated to him what happened to me in
connection with a certain note, received by me phenomenally when my niece was at the other
side of the world, and not a soul knew where she was - which grieved us greatly. All our
researches had ended in nothing. We were ready to believe her dead, when - I think it was
about the year 1870, or possibly later - I received a letter from him, whom I believe you
call "K. H.," which was brought to me in the most incomprehensible and
mysterious manner, by a messenger of Asiatic appearance, who then disappeared before my
very eyes. This letter, which begged me not to fear anything, and which announced that
she was in safety - I have still at Odessa. Immediately upon my return I shall send it
[to] you, and I shall be very pleased if it can be of any use to you.
Pray excuse me, but it is difficult, not to say impossible, for me, to comprehend how
there can exist people so stupid as to believe that either my niece or yourself have
invented the men whom you call the Mahatmas! I am not aware if you have personally known
them very long, but my niece spoke of them to me, and at great length, years ago. She
wrote me that she had again met and renewed her relations with several of them, even
before she wrote her Isis.(1) Why
should she have invented these personages? For what end and what good could they have done
her if they had no existence? * * * * If I, who have ever been, and hope
ever to continue, to be a fervent Christian, believe in the existence of these men -
although I may refuse to credit all the miracles they attribute to them - why
should not others believe in them? For the existence of at least one of them, I can
certify. Who, then, could have written me this letter to reassure me at the moment
when I had the greatest need for such comfort, unless it had been one of those adepts
mentioned? It is true that the handwriting is not known to me; but the manner in
which it was delivered to me was so phenomenal, that none other than an adept in occult
science could have so effected it. It promised me the return of my niece, - and the
promise was duly fulfilled. However I shall sent it [to] you, and in a fortnights
time you shall receive it at London.
Accept, dear Sir and Brother, the expression of my sincere esteem.
(Signed) Nadejda Fadeeff,
Paris, 26th June, 1884. (2)
(1) In New York, in the year 1875.
(2) Addressed to Col. H.S. Olcott, London, and registered and
stamped at the Paris P.O., June 26th, 1884.