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Mr dear Mr. Sinnett,
I protest and refuse most emphatically any such thing as subscription or purses made up in my favour, and the reasons for it are several, which I am sure you must appreciate.
(1) I do not want to sell for a consideration any occult work; S. D. least of all.
(2) I cannot engage or bind myself. Once I accept money for it, that work must be done well and satisfy the subscribers (of the fund or pension I mean). Suppose it does not? Then to all my crimes -- dishonesty in money matters shall be added.
(3) I cannot bind myself to a promise of working only on the S. D. — or working on it at all to its end. I may be sick, I may die — I may have the blues, and once I am hired I should feel like a thief had I to give up my work for any of the reasons above named.
Finally it is not the "British" only, who shall never be slaves. My father's daughter is against the Biblical institution and I — DECLINE with thanks.
Besides all this, if Hodgson's new calumny, if his villainous lie is not shown up and disproved publicly (I mean the "spy" business which is a melody from quite a different opera) I shall never publish the S. D. What I said to you I would do, I will do it — I shall leave Europe and India.