January 18th, 1917.
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, Frank D. Syrick.
I am glad that you could feel the influence of the spirit sufficient
to cause you to doubt the personality of the writer, for this spirit
who wrote was not Ingersoll and he was permitted to write merely
to test your ability or spiritual sense, as we have done before.
The spirit who wrote was myself and I did not have with me my usual
influence, but assumed that of someone else in order to make the
test more complete.
Ingersoll is here and was really with you at the church services
and so was I and I was interested in what the preacher said and
what I wrote you as to the preacher being a medium and his difficulty
of receiving (that) the communication from spirit is true. So you
may believe that the message contained the truth as to his condition.
I do not feel like taking up more of your time tonight, but very
soon I will come and write you as I have promised.
Tell the Doctor that I am glad to inform him that I am here, and
also that I frequently come to him and enjoy his thoughts and experiences
in the matters of the soul. I am still his friend and well wisher,
even though he can't see me or hear my voice, but I am in full sympathy
with him in all his efforts to obtain more of the love and in helping
mortals as well as spirits. So with my love to you both, I will
say good night.
This message is a composite of two, being published
in Volume III on page 293 and Volume IV on page 256. For more details
see this page.