To Hamilton Hill

11 March 1858


[MS in Oberlin College Archives, 7/1/5.]


Boston 11.Mch 1858.

Dr. Br. Hill.

Yours of the 8th inst is just

recd. I have recd nothing from Sears

of Brooks since I last wrote you.

All right in regard to what you paid

Rider for me.

The religious interest here is wonderfully

on the increase as you probably learn

from the newspapers. But within the

last week the excitement has broken

out with a power that has astonished

all. There is no describing the state

of things, especially among business

men, nor can mortal see "whereunto

this thing will grow." I forbear to say

more at present. The hand of God

is revealed in answer to prayer with

litteralness that has taken us all

by surprise. What you have read of

New York is more than realized in Boston

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within the last two days, I should judge.

We have perfect mass prayer meetings almost

constantly from morning till 9. or 10 at

night. except during preaching services.

These meetings are held in numerous places

at present. We have had two very large

prayermeetings daily for several months

besides numerous ladies & other prayer

meetings. All of great interest. But within

the last two weeks the places all

became too strait & others have

been appointed until I know

not how many are in progress in

different parts of the city. The spirit

of prayer was given that God would

pour floods upon the city , & it

is litterally so. Such is the desire

to pray & be prayed for that people

prefer prayer meetings to preaching.

At prayer meetings the people dont

want exhortation nor talk but

prayer. This is a very marked feature

of this work at present. This I have

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formerly seen, but not so much of late

years. I preach 8 or 9 times a week &

the word is sharp. But I did not mean

to say so much. We are well as usual.

Mrs. F. joins in much love to you, &

your Dear Wife.

Love to all the people.

Your Br. C. G. Finney.



[page 4, in pencil, in Hamilton Hill's handwriting]


Brors Morgan or Cowles

I am unable to leave

the house myself & have therefore

sent this letter, which I think

you would like to read.

Yr Br

H Hill



This paragraph has been crossed out, possibly by Hamilton Hill, who sent the letter on to John Morgan or Henry Cowles.