November 7, 1915
Received by James Padgett
I am here, Helen.
Dear old Ned,* of course, when you call me I must come. I see you are tired and I will not write much.
I was with you at the church and the medium saw the spirits she described for they were present. The Sarah was Cousin Sally, as you call her, and she showed the medium her funeral at the little town where she lived.
The child was a stranger, but seemed to be attracted to you, and wanted to talk and tell you something. She was very young and very lovely. Her name was Rosebud, and she was a bud, because when she came to the spirit world she was only a few days old. We have all petted and loved her since she came to you, and I expect that she will be with you often for she seems to be drawn to you.
The James was a spirit that I never knew, but he says he was your uncle, your father's brother, and that he was anxious to make his presence known to you. He is not a very bright nor yet a very dark spirit.
Well, you must remember that the band of attraction between your father and him has died, for they are in altogether different spheres and, as I have told you before, that fact that spirits were related on earth does not bind them together in the spirit world. When a spirit first comes into the spirit world, the relatives, unless they live in a very high sphere, generally meets it, but after a little time that attraction ceases and they seldom meet and so it is that I never met your uncle. Of course, your father knows many spirits here that I don't know. So you see, the spirit world in that particular is not very different from the earth world. You have cousins whom you have never met and do not know the existence of, and so we spirits here have many relatives that we never see or know. I know this may seem strange, but it is a fact.
I will write a long letter soon, but I must stop now. You are tired. So with all my love, I am
Your own true and loving,
*James E. Padgett's nickname