Olcott’s last visit
- Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2010 02:26
Jean Overton Fuller – UK
Introduction by S. T. Adelante
This particular excerpt is very touching since it demonstrates clearly how deep the bond was between Henry Olcott and Helena Blavatsky. The author, Jean Overton Fuller, a writer, poet and artist, was a lifelong long student of The Secret Doctrine. Jean Overton Fuller is probably best known for her book Madeleine, the story of Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, GC, MBE, CdG, an Indian heroine of World War II. Last year on 8 April 2009, she passed away at the age of ninety-four.
After a quick visit to Paris to view the new Eiffel Tower, Madame Blavatsky returned through Granville and Jersey, in 'an old washtub called a steamer'. To enter the tiny Channel Island ports the ships have to be small, and in the choppy seas, around the rocks, pitch about like nutshells. She recovered from her sea-sickness in St Helier, then in St Aubin.
She was back in London to welcome Olcott when he arrived at Lansdowne Road on 4 September 1889. They sat up until 2 a.m., New York style. He had just returned from Japan. The Japanese had told him only he could reunite all the divergent schools of Buddhists and had asked him to be head of the Buddhist religion in Japan. He had asked whether, in order to take up this post, he might resign the Presidency of the Theosophical Society to Madame Blavatsky, but Morya would not allow this.
She had another desk pulled up to hers, so that they could work side by side. She was correcting proofs of A Key to Theosophy.