January 18th, 1917.
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, 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 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.