To Julia Finney

5 May 1859


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 72]


Houghton, Huntingdon. 5. May 1859.

My Precious Julia. We learn that you have left Oshkosh.

I regret it as I had made arrangements with Charles to pay

for your board & let you board with them. From Miss Rawson

I learn that at the date of her letter you was at Oberlin. We shall

not be likely to send for you, for I am confident that neither

of us can abide this climate & our present labors much

longer. We see more & more of the impossibility of

your being with us even could we remain here.

Are you aware that your Uncle Hobart is going

to remove to have the house improved & that it

may be very inconvenient for you to be there?

I do not like to have you remain at Dolson's.

While you are in Oberlin you must be very discreet

& by no means open the house to company. It would

be a scandal, & an expense to which we can

not be subjected, as my salary stops now I am

away so long. & we shall not make up here

what we loose there including travelling

expenses. A word to the wise. We are at

present at Mr. Browns trying to get a little rest.

But we are surrounded with so much company that

we make poor headway. I was talked almost crazy

yesterday. All that want to see us run in at meal

times & take seats at table just as if they were at

home. We cant even guess how many will come

in. Such hospitality as this I find no where else.

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We expect D.V. to commence labors again after next week,

at Huntingdon. Direct still to this place.

We left London a good deal worse. The work of God

was powerful there & continues. If you are at Oberlin

when this reaches you will you call on one of the editors

of the O. Evangelist & ask who committed the blunder of

representing the piece they published from the British Standard

as Editorial & Dr. Campbell as so great a theologian.

The piece was not editorial as appears on the face

of it. Dr. C. is any thing but a great theologian.

When I was with him he professed agreement with

my views. He now claims to differ from me

& is out upon me in his paper & claims

to be real old School. What a ridiculous

blunder that paper has made. So many

Cooks will spoil the broth. The communication

in the Standard was quite as much as I could

bear & I hessitated [sic] about sending a copy to Oberlin

Their publishing it as editorial prefaced

with such a puff was too bad. It pains

me beyond measure. Whose taste, or whose

indiscretion could that have been. Do inquire

& let me know. O this puffing. how loathsome

it is. Why dont you write oftener? Take care how

[you] receive visitors at O, My Darling Daughter. I shall

inclose this to James to send to you if he knows where you

are. We hope Olivia is better. Love to all. Mother joins.

Your aff. Father C. G. Finney



i.e. lose

This word is unclear. It might be worn.

The editors of The Oberlin Evangelist were Henry Cowles, James A. Thome, James H. Fairchild, and Henry E. Peck.

The piece to which Finney was referring was published in The Oberlin Evangelist, 13 April 1859, pp. 57-58. It started off:

We republish the following article from the pen of Dr. Campbell, of London, who has been long a distinguished editor and minister among the Independents in our mother country. It is an editorial in the Standard, one of the papers which he edits. The article will show the estimation in which Pres. Finney is held by a remarkably independent and able English Theologian, whose opportunities for knowledge have been ample; for it was in his Church that the President chiefly labored during his former visit on the other side of the Atlantic. The many friends and spiritual children of Pres. Finney, we thought would naturally wish to know how their beloved brother and father was received and regarded among the earnest evangelical Christians of Great Britain. A "wide and effectual door" appears to be opened to him in the land to which we Americans, self-sufficient as we may be, are wont to look with a lingering or filial reverence.

This was probably James Atkinson, a son of Mrs. Finney, who lived in New York and had the responsibility of managing Finney's property in Catherine Street.

A note in Mrs Finney's Journal under the date May 10th reads:

Letters from home bringing the sad news of our Olivia's death - the family broken up - Mr Finney is quite depressed in spirits and in health - I feel sad / sad indeed at this news.