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GIVEN by Cooper, FOLLOWED by Algeo & SUPPORTED by Tillett

Jul 16, 2006 08:47 PM
by danielhcaldwell


When the late John Cooper was editor of HPB's Collected Letters, he
wrote:

"...All letters written by H.P.B. will be included. These will
INCLUDE letters whose authenticity is doubtful,
...." caps added.

On Theos-Talk, Mr. Cooper's good friend, Gregory Tillett, has
recently wrote, under the heading of "John Cooper and the 'dubious'
letters", the following:

"John's view (and mine) is that no scholarly editor can simply omit
material [letters] on the grounds that some people [like Aveline??]
question its veracity."

Now COMPARE what Mr. Aveline says in one of his frequent
pronouncements:

"...Tillett seems to defend the publication of false letters and
libels in general, IF they are identified as 'doubtful'. This is
something which no true historian would do...."

It would appear here that Mr. Aveline is giving us HIS definition of
a "true historian".

And by this definition, it appears that Mr. Aveline is suggesting
(if not claiming) that both Tillett and Cooper are NOT
true historians.

Moving onů..

Now in previous postings on Theos-Talk, Mr. Aveline has from time to
time given what one might consider "praise" to Michael Gomes, to
Leslie Price and even to Patrick Deveney.

Below are some of Mr. Aveline's relevant comments.

In one posting, Aveline writes about:

[1] "historians like Michael Gomes and Leslie Price."

One assumes he means they are TRUE historians and not PSEUDO
historians.

As opposed to the likes of Cooper and Tillett?????

Aveline writes in other postings:

[2] "Three good examples these people [various slanderers, pseudo-
historians??] could follow are Leslie Price, Michael Gomes and
Ernest Pelletier -- who have different positions/opinions, but all
respect facts and examine their own sources."

[3] "Michael Gomes do [sic] not support Soloviof or the Coulombs as
a historical source, as Leslie Price also does not do, as long as I
know."

[4] "Michael Gomes' position, as a Historian, is clear. He
acknowledges HPB's authenticity as a person, as a thinker and as a
writer."

[5] "One must admit that Michael Gomes has been no slanderer and no
libel-propagator so far."

[6] "If John Patrick Deveney is involved in the work of Volume II,
as I have heard, one might hope that perhaps some improvement will
occur."

[7] "Let's see what Patrick Deveney does in the second volume of HPB
Letters. He may improve things."

Now I realize that there are mysterious depths to some aspects of
Mr. Aveline's thinking as revealed in his various pronouncements,
but I ask:

Is Mr. Aveline in all of his above quoted statements praising the
above-mentioned individuals as good scholars and TRUE historians?

Is he contrasting them with those slanderers, libel-propagators and
pseudo-historians?

But a nagging question arises from all of the above, especially from
Aveline's pronouncement which reads:

"...Tillett seems to defend the publication of false letters and
libels in general, IF they are identified as 'doubtful'. This is
something which no true historian would do...."

The nagging question:

Do Gomes, Price and Deveney fully agree and support John Cooper's
editorial policy which reads:

"...All letters written by H.P.B. will be included. These will
INCLUDE letters whose authenticity is doubtful,...." caps added.

Or phrasing it differently, do Gomes, Price and Deveney "defend" the
publication of the so-called "false letters" or "dubious letters"
in HPB's Collected Letters? Not only in Volume I but in all FUTURE
volumes???

And if they actually support that policy, will Mr. Aveline then
honestly and frankly label them as "no true" historians? Will he be
consistent and call them slanderers and libel-propagators?

Dr. John Algeo by also following Mr. Cooper's policy has been
constantly labeled a "slanderer".

If Mr. Deveney, Mr. Gomes and Mr. Price support and CONTINUE to
support this Cooper-Algeo policy will Mr. Aveline call them a
similar epithet?

The email and postal addresses of these three gentlemen can be found
on the WWW at:

http://www.theohistory.org/collab.html

It will be interesting to see if Mr. Aveline will write to each of
them FRANKLY asking if they support the policy GIVEN by John Cooper,
FOLLOWED by Dr. Algeo and SUPPORTED by Dr. Tillett:

"...All letters written by H.P.B. will be included. These will
INCLUDE letters whose authenticity is doubtful,
...." caps added.

Daniel
http://hpb.cc

 







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