Re: Scientifically testing the MLs
Jul 12, 2006 10:08 AM
by Mark Jaqua
Thanks to Daniel for the following
information on physically testing the
Mahatma Letters. Maybe some other
organizations with letters would be
more amenable. I think it would be
worth doing even if it meant some
<See what Vernon Harrison says about
this subject in his book on the subject:
"Fortunately most of the Mahatma
Letters are preserved in the
British Library where they were
deposited by Sinnett's executrix.
They are available for study on
request in the Department of
Manuscripts (Additional MSS 45284,
45285, and 45286). THEY ARE
PRIMARY EVIDENCE. There are,
however, difficulties in the way of
examining them in the British Library.
The letters themselves are bound in
three heavy and bulky volumes so that
side-by-side comparison of different
letters is often awkward or impossible.
For valid reasons one is not allowed to
use pen, pencil, or drawing instruments
in the reading room. Photography is prohibited.
Only the use of a hand lens is permitted.
Even a midget pocket microscope of x30
magnification was viewed askance by the
library attendants and had to be put away discreetly in my pocket."
"...Negotiations with the Trustees of
the Letters to have these inks tested
nondestructively by a university for
their chemical composition led nowhere;
and now that the papers have been
strengthened by enclosure in archival
tissue, further research on this problem
may prove impossible.">
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