A Letter from Madame Blavatsky
Spiritual Scientist, November 4, 1875
To the Editor of the Spiritual Scientist:—
Sir,—In my country, and in every other recognized as civilized, except America, a man who defames and slanders a woman innocent of crime, however humble she may be, is condemned as a coward. What should European gentlemen think of American manhood, when they read in the Spiritualist journals of the United States, such false, cowardly and unmannerly assaults upon a foreign-born lady, a life-long Spiritualist, and not a professional medium, as those against myself, which have recently appeared? My great offences are, that I have told the truth, but not all the truth, about certain dishonorable persons, who taint the name of American Spiritualism, by association with it; and given a very imperfect glimpse of the wonders of Magic, which, in common with a hundred other travelers, I have been made acquainted with in the course of extended travels through the East. These malicious assaults upon my reputation, harm only those who have attacked me; for my antecedents are too well known to require a formal defence at my hands. But I blush as a Spiritualist for the impression which they must inevitably produce, as to the ribaldry and licence permissible in American journalism towards a woman. If it can bear the opprobrium I have nothing to say.
Meanwhile, as answer to numerous questions and criticisms, I send you the following translation of a chapter from one of [Eliphas] Lévi’s books.
[Note: here followed a translation by H.P.B. titled “The Magical Evocation of Appolonius of Tyana: A Chapter from Eliphas Levi”]