For the record, Henry Cavendish’s wealth came from: (a) his father’s £159,000 legacy, inherited in 1783; £145,000 from his grandmother Elizabeth’s estate; (c) an investment in South Seas annuities that grew from £1,100 in 1776 to £14,000 by 1781; and (d) miscellaneous other sources. This wealth his advisors invested well (though Cavendish himself had no interest in money), and it grew and compounded over time. (See Christa Jungnickel and Russell McCormmach, Cavendish: The Experimental Life [Quality Books, 2001], 491-492.)
These facts were not publicized in his lifetime, leading to speculation about the true source of his wealth down to the twentieth century, when a diligent search of records finally explained the “mystery.”
All of this is prelude to Bergier’s insidious commentary on Cavendish’s life:
(Oddly enough, Bill and Peggy Foster and Nadine Wheeler use the mistranslated “Pickman” quote from the English version of Bergier in The Black Triangle Abduction [Invisible College, 2005], and it’s obvious where they borrowed it from.)
In his usual elliptical way, Bergier means to suggest that Henry Cavendish was an alien passing for human—a particularly astounding feat, since it involved counterfeiting a human life from birth to death, with all its attendant changes, using masks.
But no one ever though Henry Cavendish was wearing a mask, not the men who dined with him each week at his club, nor the servants he abused, nor the tailor who measured him annually for the same new purple suit.
Instead, Bergier must have begun with a reading of Lovecraft and then sifted through history to find a character to fit into the slot of the masked alien. Once again, we see how Bergier’s own words demonstrate his dependence on Lovecraft for the development of specific claims in his ancient astronaut theory.