To Gerrit Parmele Judd

22 October 1827


[MS Group 70 Box 1.6ff, Judd Family Papers, Bernice P. Bishop Museum Library, Honolulu, Hawaii.]


Address: Doct G. P. Judd.





Stephentown Oct. 22nd 1827.

Doct & Mrs Judd. Beloved Brother & Sister.

We have with no ordinary

degree of interest heard from you, once & again,

& regret exceedingly that Providence prevented

our seeing you once more before you left these

shores of America. But the good work of our

God was in such a state, both when we recd

your first & last letter, that I deemed it inco

mpatible with duty to leave the ground even

for a day. The work is still in as interesting a

state, so far as I can understand the state

of things, as it has been at any time.

My anxiety to see you is so great, that were

it possible for me to leave, I should visit

you at Boston before you embarked.

I should have written to you, but have all

along until now, indulged the hope of seeing

you. When you mentioned that Miss Fanny

Thomas was to make one of your number,

I could not recollect that I knew any such person.

And never learned until the arrival of Broth Frost

on Saturday evening who she was. O, Is it possible

that that dear girl is going to carry the blessed

gospel to the poor heathen. "Bless the Lord O, my

soul". I have desired exceedingly to see her, & really

it seems to me that I can hardly deny myself the

luxury of seeing you all before you go. But, I must

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be still. Give my dearest love to her & to her husband

whom I suppose I have never seen.

O I have ten thousand things to say to you & to

her. & O that we could pray together once more

While you & we live I trust myself & wife shall

not forget to pray for you "exceedingly". You are

almost constantly on our minds & we can pray for

you with many tears. O may "the arms of your hands be

made strong, with the strength of the Mighty God

of Jacob."!

And now My dear Garret, & Laura, & Fanny

beloved for the Lords sake, blessed servants of Jesus,

& Missionaries of his cross, if when you arrive at the

place of your destination, you can get time from

your other labours to write to your unworthy friends,

brother & sister F you confer on us a great favour.

Direct your letters to Utica to the care of Thomas

Hastings if you get time to write.

My dear Wife mourns sore like a dove, because she cant

see Laura once more. She would have visited Troy at the

time you was there but for the rain on monday, in

which I thought it would not do for her to venture

out, in her feeble state of health.

But I must drop my pen.

Yours most affectionately in the

bonds of the gospel.

C. G. Finney.