May 31, 1914 | First preserved message from John H. Padgett, James Padgett’s Father
May 31, 1914
Message from John H. Padgett
I am here, your father. Yes, I am. And I will try to tell you what you must do to form a band of spirit workers. Let me select them, and then you will not be troubled by bad spirits. You must not try to talk to everyone who may come to you, for that will work injury to you and you will not be able to get the best results. Let me tell you who you should have form the band: your grandmother, your mother, Helen, Professor Salyards, Mr. Riddle, and myself; these are enough to help you in the investigation of spiritualism.
[James asks, will they join?] Yes, I will have them come, and you can ask them.
[Grandmother, Ann Rollins]: Yes, I will, and you will be a successful medium, and will not need to go to the séances where you went on Friday night, as they are not helpful to you in the way of progressing in your investigations. [Mother]: Yes, I am. I certainly will, and you will not be troubled by bad spirits, for your father and grandmother will keep them away from you. [Prof. Salyards]: Yes, I am, and I will be one of the band to help you. You will be my mouthpiece in my writing to the world the thoughts that I desire to make known on subjects that are of interest to mankind. Keep well and I will soon let you write my ideas of this life and of what I find to be the real truth of the love of God and the love of mankind.
[Asks Prof. Salyards to write a verse.] I am not in condition tonight, as you are too weak to write much more. Yes, I will show my face in the photograph, and then you will know that I am one of your band.
[Mr. Riddle]: Yes, I am, and I will be one of the band. You will not be annoyed by any others than the ones your father has named. I will write you what my beliefs and thoughts are of the life here so that you may know that I am just a spirit in search of the truth. You will see that I am not one who knows everything, but will try to learn whatever is possible and will tell you what I learn. Yes, and will let you see that I have my mustache and goatee just as in my earthly life.
[Father]: Yes. You can go to the photographer as soon as you find it convenient and we will be there, and you will see us all. I will be in my naval uniform and then you will be convinced that I am living.
[Padgett’s note: At the séance on Friday last, J. Shellington spoke to me and asked that he be permitted to join my band of spirits. I had not then thought of or had suggested to me a band of spirits. I suggested his name to my father, who wrote.]
[Father]: He is not of the spiritual kind that will be helpful to you, and I do not think it wise for him to join. He is too much of the earthly yet, but will soon progress, and then we may have him join.
Go to bed and rest. Your father – John H. Padgett