To Julia Finney

7 May 1853


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 43]


Oberlin 7. May 1853.

Dear July. I am happy to hear

your eyes are improving. I must

enjoin it on you to abide in

all things by your instructions in

regard to your eyes & health.

It is indispensable. You can not

be watched. You ought not to

need it. Dont trespass &

begin to read in [ ]le because

they are better. Act conscientiously

in all things & then you may calm

ly leave the event with God. But

if you tempt God & trespass

you will loose your sight &

your life & be filled with

regret when the work is done

& it is too late to save your

eyes or perhaps your life.

Your Mother will write

about Ange. With Love to Cousin

Fanny I am your aff Father

C. G. Finney


[page 2]

Dear Child I feel deeply for

you. We feel your absence & can

hardly feel at home without

any of our children. But I

suppose it is better for you

to be there than here. I hope Ange

will be with you soon. You have

precious friends in Uncle & Aunt.

& we are glad that you have also

such dear companions in Fanny

& James. We did hope to have our

children all together this summer

but must give it up we suppose.

We want you & James to write us

often & when Ange gets there & you

go down to the Sea shore will

not Ange write us every week

for you both. God bless you

My Dear child.

Your aff. Father

C. G. Finney.


A smudge on the paper has obscured most of this word, which might be "bible".