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The writings contained in the present volume follow in direct chronological order those in Volume VI, published in December, 1954. The English translation of the first French essay is that of the late Dr. Charles J. Ryan, of Point Loma, California, and the translation of the second is by the Compiler; both have been carefully checked by Irene R. Ponsonby.

With the present Volume, the publication of the Collected Writings is being undertaken by The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India, at the suggestion of our esteemed Brother and Friend, N. Sri Ram, President of The Theosophical Society, Adyar. His offer to undertake the publication of the remaining volumes in this Series comes as a fitting culmination to many years of valuable collaboration between the Officials of The Theosophical Society, Adyar, and the Compiler. It augurs well for the ultimate success of the entire venture, and contributes greatly towards an earlier completion of the task at hand. Since the business arrangements will now be in the hands of a well-established and deservedly renowned Publishing House, tracing its lineage to the early years of the Theosophical Movement, the actual preparation of further MSS can proceed more rapidly.

In addition to persons already mentioned in the Foreword to Volume VI, grateful acknowledgment is made of the willing help received in the preparation of the MSS from Verna Ott, Edythe S. Mallory, Henriette de Hoog, Dara Rittenhouse, Alex Wayman, George Hubert; and of the valuable assistance of Frank Connelly, Librarian, Scottish Rite Library, Los Angeles, Calif.; Earl B. Delzell, Grand-Secretary and Librarian, Grand Lodge of Iowa, A. F. and A. M., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Robert B. Cross, Asst. Prof. Classical Languages, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif; Dr. Raymond D. Harriman, Dpt. of Classics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.; The Rev. Chancellor C. T. Dimont, Librarian, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England; R. O. Dongan, Librarian, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Lama Tokwan Tada, Chiba, japan; Rabbi jacob Sonderling, Los Angeles, Calif.; Helen Luitwieler, Librarian, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.; Margaret 1. Smith, Chief Reference Librarian, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dr. Arthur D. Nock, Dpt. of Classics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; Miss Leslie Zeigler, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Cali£; W. C. Helmboldt, Asst. Prof. of Classics, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Calif.; Flora A. Deibert, Reference Librarian, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penna.; Dr. Herbert B. Hoffleit Dpt., of Classics, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.


January 19, 1956.