Grant letter to Mike Magee
Mike Magee has posted a new entry on his blog regarding his relationship with Kenneth Grant. He also notes he is reconstructing the book he wrote (and lost) on his old friend and early mentor.
click the image, the letter is extremely high resolution and will be quite clear to read.
The handwriting is similar to my own, and I often get complaints that mine is difficult to read.
The notes seem to say, 'Through whom, through whom might be people grown in knowledge, individual souls, she like act the virtuous woman to be known she & in the...place.
Maybe someone can polish it a bit, sorry if I made any errors, but that's what it reads to me.
Thanks for the link Scott!
Yes, very interesting stuff of course, in its own way.
Both the typewriter and the ribbon appear to have been in 'fair feckle' back in those days.
As background material to the publication of 'Outside the Circles of Time' it has its relevance; although it has to be noted that the "Kamakala Meditation" artwork by Jan Bailey/Magee is conspicuous by its absence in the Starfire reprint of the volume.
It just so happens that I was corresponding with Mike Magee in 1980 e.v. and still have his hand-written letters. Feel that it would be far too premature to post one of them here, however. 😉
It appears from the letter that "Kamakala Meditation" was to appear as plate 22 in OTCOT, although in the book itself it was listed as being the frontispiece. In actual fact, it ended up being the first half page illustration along with Steffi Grant's "As Above, So Below", due I suspect to Muller cutting back on production costs. It would be very nice to see it as KG describes it, in full-colour reproduction; perhaps it has been published elsewhere over the years.
As I pointed out, it is not included among the illustrations in Starfire Publishing's far superior 2008 edition; presumably because Frater 444 and Frater Aossic Aiwass had long parted ways, and the former was no longer a member of the latter's Order.
(Compare the list of Acknowedgments in the two editions).
Aficionados may care to note the 'War Machine' was a Remington Rand Noiseless Model 7, finished in grey wrinkle paint, and c.1948.
From his posts, Magee seems the kind of deputy most men would come to regret ever trusting... but like a faded actress plugging a kiss-and-tell memoir; he can't seem to resist the lure of vicarious fame.