portion of what they wrote on Theosophy. Since 1896 there has been an unbrokenline of theosophical students, who, coming across the Judge Case, discovered forthemselves that Mr. Judge was unfairly accused. The facts are available for studentsto consider and reflect upon.
It is highly significant that two of the most visible members of the Society during thelifetime of Mr. Judge—Col. H. S. Olcott and Mrs. Annie Besant—are reported to haveacknowledged in the late years of their lives that they had underestimated Mr. Judge.
On a trip to the United States in 1906, the year before his death, Col. Olcott spoke ofH.P.B. as his “dear old colleague,” and with respect to Mr. Judge, Mrs. Hollowayrecalled that he said, “We learn much and outgrow much, and I have outlived muchand learned more, particularly as regards Judge. . . . I know, and it will comfort youto hear it, that I wronged Judge, not willfully or in malice; nevertheless, I have donethis and I regret it.” In the early 1920’s, Mr. B.P. Wadia, who had carefully studiedthe claims and evidence presented by both sides in the Judge Case, questioned Mrs.Besant on the subject. She admitted to him that she had come to the conclusion sometime
back that Mr. Judge had been mistreated, though she insisted that it would be wrongto bring this old issue back to life. Mr. Wadia strongly disagreed and felt compelledto write the following:
With H.P.B. and Col. Olcott, he was a founder of the T.S. and worked by the rightmethod of teaching with all those who came in his contact. His life and work must be judged by the same standard which I have always applied to H.P.B.—theillumination and inspiration of this teaching; the internal evidence of the validity ofhis message and its consistency; and in addition, the dovetailing of his teachings withthe teachings of the Secret Doctrine; and I accept him as a good and true Theosophistwho lived and toiled, who fought and died, leaving behind his own legacy to theTheosophical Movement of the century which began with 1875—a valiant servant ofthe Lodge and the Masters, who has been wronged in the T.S. and whose teachingsremain unknown to this day to its members. I accept Wm. Q. Judge as a trueTheosophist, not only because of his own fine character and his own wonderfulethical teachings, but because he stuck to the line of the Masters and remained untodeath faithful to the Original Programme which They laid down. (A Statement byB.P. Wadia, p. 14.)
It is generally acknowledged among those using the name Theosophy that theoriginal program which “They laid down” is embodied in the work of H.P.B., and it