THIRD TALK 37 the theory that it was impossible for the boy to have written it; therefore it is perhaps as well that I should bear testimony to it—to the fact that I know he did—that I myself saw, as did Qur President, the scraps of paper, exercise-books and so on, on which these sentences were written each morning. It was, as I said to you before, some considerable time after their being so written down morning after morning, over a period of five months or so, that this book was issued, and in the meantime a good deal of what is said in it had been quoted at various meetings of the Inner School. I, myself, for example, having heard all these teachings given, had on several occasions used part of it when speaking to the members of our Section Meetings at Adyar, saying always: u I have heard the Master say so-and-so". The fact that, in that way, some of these sentences first came to be known to the other members was used afterwards to suggest that it was not written down by Alcyone, but that these sentences which had been known beforehand were perhaps written by me or repeated by me; but that is how it happened and it is perhaps just as well that I should tell you exactly how it occurred. I had of course no idea at the time that these sentence would be published as a whole, and many of them were so beautiful that I quoted them at various meetings; but that did not mean, in the least, that the book itself was not written exactly as is here stated.