Carlos, "this small sum", the Coulombs, etc.
Jul 07, 2006 01:53 PM
Please notice that the amount mentioned by Mr. Judge is also
characterized by him as "this small sum."
I suspect that the Coulombs were doing what they were doing
for OTHER reasons than for "this small sum" of money.
First of all, revenge would be a very strong motivation.
Plus one should not forget what the Master K.H. had
said (months before) in trying to assess the motivations of the
"Mad. Coulomb is a MEDIUM & as such irresponsible for many things
she may say or do. At the same time she is kind and charitable.
One must know how to act towards her to make of her a very good
friend. She has her own weaknesses but their bad effects can be
minimised by exercising on her mind a moral influence by a friendly
& kindly feeling. Her mediumistic nature is a help in this
direction, if proper advantage be taken of the same." caps added.
Also one should take into account that on April 26, 1884 (again
months before Emma Coulomb actually contacted the Rev. Patterson)
Master Morya wrote:
"For some-time already the woman [Coulomb] has opened communication
--- a regular diplomatic pourparler with the enemies of the cause,
certain padris. --- She hopes for more than 2,000 Rupees from them,
if she helps them ruining or at least injuring the Society by
injuring the reputation of the founders....The ------ are ready to
lay out a good sum for the ruin of the Society they hate...."
Quoted from Franz Hartmann's REPORT OF OBSERVATIONS, etc., pp. 35-36.
My understanding is that these "padris" were NOT connected with the
Much more could be written about this but I will stop here at this
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "carlosaveline"
> Dear Friends,
> In September 1884, the "Christian College Magazine" of the Free
Church of Scotland in Madras (1) published a collection of false
letters ascribed to Blavatsky and slandering her.
> The material had been forged by Emma and Alexis Coulombs, a
couple of scoundrels nowadays highly publicized by Daniel Calwell
> In October 9, 1884, the publication "Athenaeum and Daily News", in
Madras, India, published this letter by W. Judge:
> To the Editor.
> Cheapness of Public Morality and the Coulombs.
> SIR, – I believe I am under no obligation to keep silence. At
an interview, on the Theosophical Headquarters on the 27 th day of
Sept. ult, in the presence of Dr. F. Hartmann, Mr. Gribble, Mr.
Padfield, Mr. Alexander, D.K. Mavalankar, a Madras gentleman, Mr.
Darbogen Nath, Mr. T. Subba Row, High Court Vakeel, myself and
another person whose name escapes me, the Rev. Mr. Patterson stated
freely, and not under the seal of confidence, that he had paid the
Coulombs for the alleged Blavatsky letters, the sum of rupees one
hundred and fifty, in 3 instalments first 25, second 50, and then
75, in all 150. Now the question arises, is the "C.C. Magazine" so
poor that it cannot pay Rs. 150, in one payment. Common sense and
common reputation answer, that they very well could pay this small
sum at once why then they break it up in this case? It must be
either because of bargaining; or because at
firt "public morality" was thought to be worth Rs. 25,
which estimate was afterwards changed twice; or because these
amounts are only earnests (2) of what the Coulombs may expect from
the Missionary camps upon the success of their attack on Theosophy.
Did the Coulombs receive this money; or are they being slandered? In
the Oct. "C.C.M.", the Editor says he "would be likely to hear" of
bargains with the Missionaries; he does not say that he did not
hear. William Q. Judge. (3)
> So far, the letter.
> Now, my questions to Daniel Caldwell, who since the 1990s has
been the main publicist of the Coulombs, are:
> 1) How does he evaluate this amount of 150 rupees as the value for
> 2) How much a new "Coulomb" or "Soloviof" could earn today, by
circulating the same lies in the Internet and in theosophical
books? Or would that have to be volunteer work?
> 3) Does Daniel believe that the 150 rupees' bribe payed to
his " historical sources", the Coulombs, was the full price for
their treason, or Judge was right and it was just paid as earnests?
Does Daniel find it a fair price?
> Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
> Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline
> (1) A Church influenced by Calvinism. It separated from the
Church of Scotland in 1843, after a ten years' conflict. (See
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1967)
> (2) "Earnests", that is, money paid in advance to bind a contract,
a token or assurance of something to come.
> (3) "The Coulomb Case", Theosophical History Occasional Papers,
Volume X, California State University, 2005, 73 pp., see p. 49.
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