To Lydia Finney

24 November 1834


[MS in Finney Papers # 1148]


New York Nov. 1834.

Dearest Wife.

Yours of the 16th 20th are both this moment

recd. I have taken some cold & am not quite well

this morning. Preached last night on the Justice

of God in the damnation of sinners. The house was

crowded aisles & all. A number were hopefully

converted. & many appeared affected.

I have about made up my mind should my

health continue as it is to spend the winter here.

I have not found a place for us to board yet.

I am sorry you are so lonesome. I should nearly die

were it not that my time is so completely taken

up. If you were contented then I should think

as I want to be so intirely engaged this winter in

writing you had better stay there. If you are here

I can not be in my study so much. & besides if

I am here at Br. Greens I can command his ready

& rapid pen at any time. I walk about & dictate

to him which is a great relief to me.

I dont remember as any thing was in that trunk

when I unlocked it. Certainly I thought nothing

that you would want. You should have said

on your paper leave the things in the trunk.

If you can tell what they were I will try to find

them & send them to you. Had you got your trunk

in any season & sent me word hitherto I have

had almost daily opportunities to send them

to you. But I fear I shall not be able now.

I am confident that we shall be unable to find board

unless we go far up town. It seems to be unusually

difficult to find empty rooms. You will probably

after this hear me preach once a week through the

Evangellist. as I have consented to preach a course

of lectures on revivals & let Br. Leavitt take notes

& publish them in order to help the Evangellist as

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his abolitionism has greatly injured it. & unless something

of the kind can sustain it he says it must go down.

I dont believe it would do to say much about

abolition here in publick. Br. Spencer is here but I

doubt whether we can pursuad him to stay. He

thinks he could not carry his end of the yoke.

Br. Green cant write so much as I want to dictate

as it leaves his hand. I dictated & he wrote a sermon

for publication on Saturday in a few hours.

He says he will get Emily to write one day & he will the

next. I shall let her write them out in full as it is

but a bother to have her stenography. Perhaps she will

come with me. I will see how much she can help me

& whether she will take the care of the children &

help let you write a part of the time.


I have been having a talk with Br. Green. Mrs. G. & the

other ladies are very anxious to have you come

down & I think upon the whole you had better.

You will get this letter on friday. Just pack up

& get br. Dunn to bring you to Utica. I say to Utica

because if you take the boat at Rome unless you

have some one to see to your baggage you will

certainly loose it in the bustle of changing

boats at Utica. If you take the boat at Rome

& some one will come with you & see you on

board at Utica it will do as well. Be very careful

& dont let the children take cold. If you take the

tuesday tuesday evenings boat at Utica you will

be at Schenectady on wednesday of next week just

after dinner, where, God willing, I will meet you.

Bring your baggage along. Tell Br. Dunn that I think

we shall be glad to board with him next summer.

I will let him know soon. The note for the lease

you may keep until I make up my mind in

regard to where I board next summer.

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I must conclude this letter or the mail

will be gone. Next wednesday I shall expect

to meet you in Schenectady. Should any

thing happen that I cant you cant came at

that time write instantly to Schenectady

& let me know. You had better not bring

a girl with you as he transportation will

cost too much. & besides it will delay you.

Love to all friends. Your husband.

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P.S. If the canal should be closed take the stage

so as to arrive there on tuesday. Don't let the

children take cold & don't take cold