To Julia Finney

23 January 1858


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 64]


Boston 23d Jan 1858.

Dear Precious Julia

Yours of the 20th is just recd

And is Dear Mary Andrews dead.

Why was not this, you? I hope your

watching & excitement have not injured

your eyes. Did they not mistrust that her

appearing so much better on Saturday

night was the commencement of mortification.

Perhaps no treatment could have saved her.

But I should have much prefered no

treatment to either Alopathic or Hyd

ropathic. Good nursing with soothing

external application either hot or cold as

the symptoms might indicate was all that

ought to have been done. Hydropathy is

too violent a divertion of the vitality from

the seat of disease to the skin to be at all

safe. It is calling & forcing off of the

vital forces from combatting the difficulty

in the stomach & bowels, to keep up vital

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action in the surface of the body, I regard

this as a capital error. But they did

what they regarded as judicious.

I am as well as usual again. Your Mother

will speak up for herself. We have been so unwell

that I thought seriously of returning home.

We are both about our usual labors again.

We recd a letter from Miss Fallowdown to day

giving the particulars of Mrs Campbells death.

We are happy to hear of the turn your mind is

taking on the most dear & important of all subjects.

Why should you not become a Holy Ghost Christian?

Shall we not have our child wholly devoted

to Christ? I hope Mary's and Grandmoth[e]rs

death will be sanctified to that family

& to you my precious child. O that Theodore

may not die in his sins. I trust all this

will do Helen A. good. The Lord bless &

sanctify her. If I understand what you say of

Miss Tucker she expects to teach if she can get a

school. If this is her expectation we need to know

it so as to provide for other help. In regard to

Emma your Mother wishes me to say, as she can

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write but a few lines now, that she must have

a girl who can give her whole time. As Em

ma wants to go to school she will not meet

your mothers wants. If Miss Tucker does not wish

to take her former place in our family, will you

ask Emily Greenslade whether she would like

to work for us next spring, Summer & Autumn.

Let us know about this soon so that we may ma

ke arrangements accordingly. I hope you will

take care of your health so as [to] preserve your

eyes. Has Mr. Gerrish put the sheet iron

on to the little new chimney at its top?

Do you have any fire in the furnace this

winter? If so, how often, & does it smoke

when the fire is made in the furnace?

Do. the apples yet keep well? Is there any

revival at O. this winter? It is a time of

general health there? The weather is & has

been, remarkably fine here this far.

The religious interest is on the increase.

Give our kindest love & sympathy to Uncles

folks. Also our love to all who inquire

after us. The Lord bless you forever.

Love to all the family. Your aff. Father. C. G. Finney



The notice of her death in The Oberlin Evangelist (20 January 1858), p. 15, reads:

D I E D:

In Oberlin, Jan'y 17, MARY, second daughter of E. W. Andrews, aged 15.

When told that she must die soon, she smiled sweetly and said, "I am ready." All through her remaining hours, she bore the blessed testimony--"I lie sweetly in my Savior's arms." During her severe sickness of ten days, her soul was so consciously stayed on Christ and sustained by his presence that she could say calmly --"I am not at all afraid to die."

Her hopeful conversion occurred at the age of twelve, at which age she joined the church--a pleasing testimony to the preciousness of early conversions.

She was the second daughter of Edward W. Andrews (d. 1899) by his second wife Delia A. Fenn Andrews. (He had had a daughter, Helen, by his first wife). Edward Andrews was a brother of Finney's first wife, Lydia. Born in Cleveland, Mary had come to Oberlin when her father moved his family there in 1853. See file on Helen Margaret Andrews in Alumni Records, Oberlin College Archives.

Theodore Alexander Andrews (1838-1893), the eldest son of Edward W. Andrews, had been a student in the College, and had graduated in 1857. He was subsequently in the book business, and ran the Cobb, Andrews Company bookstore with his brother-in-law in Cleveland. See Alumni Records, Oberlin College Archives.

Helen Margaret Andrews (1836-1915) was the eldest child of Edward and Frances Andrews. She was attending Oberlin College where she graduated later in the year. She then taught for two years as principal of the Oberlin High School. In 1860 she married Caius C. Cobb and moved to Cleveland. See Alumni Records, Oberlin College Archives.

Nathaniel Gerrish had been a resident in Oberlin since 1834. According to his son "Father almost worshiped the ground on which Finney walked" (W. B. Gerrish to Frances Hosford, 12 March 1934, in Frances Hosford Papers, Oberlin College Archives).