Mrs. Britten and Dr. Peebles in Colonel Olcott’s first letter to Peary Chand Mittra

The Occult Nineteenth Century | SpringerLink

Your name, respected Sir, is well known among all intelligent Spiritualists in America. Personally I have heard much of you and your studies from Mrs. Emma H. Britten (a member of the Council of our Society) and Mr. J.M. Peebles. I have also read what has been contributed by your pen to the London Spiritualist. Your views upon the Spiritual States […] so coincide with those of our revered colleague and teacher Mme. H.P. Blavatsky, that the Council have instructed me to respectfully request the privilege of enrolling your name among our Corresponding Fellows […].

You live so far away from here, and it requires so much time to exchange letters, that I will venture to transmit your Diploma without waiting to hear from you; at the same time expressing the hope that it may please you to retain it

—H.S. Olcott’s letter to Peary Chand Mittra, dated June 5, 1877 (TS Adyar Archives, Adyar, India. Accessed 3 January 2019)

One of the most positive developments of recent years for my research interests is a veritable avalanche of new publications about nineteenth century international occultism. In addition to several contributors to Oxford’s 2020 Imagining the East and SUNY’s 2020 Theosophy Across Boundaries, the October history conference I was involved in was attended by a contributor to an even newer similar book, Palgrave’s 2021 Occult Nineteenth Century.

Occult’s First Foot Soldier in Bengal: Peary Chand Mittra and the Early Theosophical Movement | SpringerLink

I was in touch with Mriganka Mukhopadhyay just after my research on Bengal Theosophists was complete and his was ongoing with multiple projects. His page on lists quite a few. What most impresses me is that before completing his PhD he has already made so many scholarly contributions all of which seem to be only prologues to a magnum opus that will be a comprehensive overview.

Mriganka Mukhopadhyay | University of Amsterdam –