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Refers to: Sixsmith's "hot and impetuous" mood which revives memories of Traubel's own youth; Sixsmith's enthusiasms, which bring to mind a comment made by [Robert] Ingersoll about his love for those men (including Whitman) who inspired enthusiasms in him; and the fellowship of men. He urges Sixsmith to stay close to the "inner spring" of his soul, and refers to a recent trip during which he met the three men he considers to be greatest souls on the continent [John Burroughs, R.M. Bucke and Richard Ingersoll]. He casts himself in the role of spiritual advisor - hoping to become to Sixsmith "a play-man of dreams, a bringer of light".

Dated at: Philadelphia [Pennsylvania, USA].