To Gregory Tillett: C.W. Leadbeater's Birthdate - 1847 versus 1854, etc.
Sep 02, 2004 09:11 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
>From a research point of view, do you
know when the 1847 birthdate first surfaced?
Did Mr. Leadbeater ever specifically state
in writing when he was born?
I know that in THE MASTERS AND THE PATH,
"Madame Blavatsky has often told us how she met the Master Morya in
Hyde Park, London, in the year 1851, when He came over with a number
of other Indian Princes to attend the first great International
Exhibition. Strangely enough, I myself, then a little child of four,
saw Him also . . . . "
Do the math.
I wonder if one needed to give one's age or birthdate
on the application for membership in the T.S.
Also since Leadbeater traveled out of England in 1884,
would his age/birthdate have been on his passport? If so,
are passport records for that year still archived somewhere
These are just some of the avenues of research that might throw
even more light on the 1847 versus the 1854 date.
Also do you know of any caches of Leadbeater's letters from
the 1880s and early 1890s?
I'm sure there must be some hidden away in the Adyar archives
or the archives of the E.S.
Years ago I wrote to Christmas Humphreys, then a trustee of the
Mahatma Letter Trust, asking if the letters Leadbeater wrote to
Sinnett in the period 1884-1889 were still extant. He replied that
there were no such letters in the Mahatma Letter Trust.
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