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[Lucifer, Vol. IV, No. 22, June, 1889, p. 313]

A question has reached the Head of the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society, regarding the alleged representation of that Section in America. This question is accompanied by a cutting from the Press of April 21st, 1889, which reads as follows:—

“Dr. Elliott Coues, the Founder of the Gnostic Theosophical Society of Washington, is also perpetual President of the Esoteric Theosophical Society of America.”
In reply, I most emphatically state that I am entirely ignorant of the origin or career of the above named “Esoteric Theosophical Society” of which Dr. Coues is said to be the “perpetual President,” and that this gentleman is in no way connected with the Esoteric Section of the T.S. of which I am the sole Head; nor can I help thinking that the said Esoteric “Theosophical Society” is a printer’s mistake. The only Esoteric Society which has any LEGAL right to the name “Theosophical” is that which Col. Olcott founded and chartered in London in October, 1888, for the proof of which see Lucifer of that month.