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77, Elgin Crescent, W., 4/10/84.
Dear Mr. Myers, --- I send you a copy of the certificate of Ross Scott and wife, as to the identity of Schmeichens portrait of the Mahatma M.
Of course this is no positive proof of the existence of the Mahatma; it only shows that by hook or by crook the artist has contrived to produce in London a speaking likeness of a form of a man which the Scotts saw at Bombay Headquarters in 82. And that might have been some paid Hindu made up to look like the profile portrait given me in New York, and drawn by a friend who had never in his life seen a Hindu. But in any case, the evidence is worth something, and I place it at your service. --- Faithfully yours,
H. S. OLCOTT.
Colonel Olcott having to-day shown us a portrait in oils, we at once recognised it as a very good likeness of a form which, in January, 1882, we saw at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Bombay, and said to be that of one of the Mahatmas known as the teacher of Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott.
(Sgd.) ROSS SCOTT
(Bengal Civil Service).
(Sgd.) MARIA J.B. SCOTT.
Bonn, Germany, 27th September, 1884.