To Julia Finney

27 May 1859


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 73. It would appear that the signature has been torn off the bottom.]


Huntingdon. England.

27. May. 1859.

Dear Julia. Yours of the 6th inst came

to hand yesterday. We were truly glad to

hear from you, that you are well & happy,

& we trust useful. We recd a letter also by the

same mail from Miss Tucker dated at Oberlin

the same day with yours. Poor dear Miss

Tucker she knows not what to do. Also a letter

from Mr. Spriggs. He says our best cow is dead.

Miss Tucker says it seems as if a blight had

come over them since we left. Dear Norton

I suppose he felt keenly if he could not

urge you to stay with him. I hope it may

please the Lord to make him more indepen

dent in regard to means. And yet I fear he

is not obeying the Spirit of the Lord in

continuing in the law, & if so the Lord

may keep him poor. Or he may suffer him

to prosper to his own destruction. It

is a fearful thing to disobey God's Spirit.

But we shall see. Julia you must have

some spiritual labor constantly on hand

& not live to yourself, if you would truly

live at all. Both of us are somewhat

improved in health though neither of us

have our usual strength. I have thought

we should remain here but little longer as

it seemed as if I could not sustain the labor

under the circumstances. This is a trying

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climate to both of us. We are at work aga[in]

as usual with most encouraging results in this p[lace?]

But my health is precarious. My spine & bowels

are in a very complaining state. Had we the

prospect of continued health & strength for a year

to come, I should now write for you to come,

although you could not be steadily with us.

I do not feel as if I should be justified in

sending you to france. even if I had the means

which I have not. If my health does not decidedly

improve, we shall return D.V. before Autumn.

Dont you think we have recd a letter from Aunt

Sarah. She says they are going early to the country to

have the house repaired & water introduced.

So you had better remain where you are until

you hear from y us again. We are glad that

Helen has a good Piano. It has been a very open

winter & a cold Spring here. The wind is & has been

east here for more than two months. Easterly winds

are very trying here. It is however a delightful time

of the year to be in the country. We ride as often

& as much as we please in Mr Browns carriage.

We have had many delightful drives. The country is

a perfect garden in every direction. The walks

in every direction are rural & antient , & shady.

I sit writing within a few rods of the birthplace

of Oliver Cromwell. In an opposite direction

& but a little distance is the house where Cowper

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[the?] poet lived. We daily stroll through the walks

[s]till known as Cowper walks. Within 1/2 a mile,

are the buildings & parks of one of the noble

families. A mile beyond is the stately palace

of another. A large number of the Nobility

live in this county. They are all walled in

& have little or no intercourse with their neigh

bors. You would be delighted to hear the birds

in this country. They have many exquisite songsters

that we have not. The nightingale. The Sterling.

A Black bird that sings. The cookoo. This is a

singular solitary bird its note gives it its name.

It lays its eggs in the nest of other birds. Their

young are strong & will easily crowd the proper young

of the other bird out of the nest to perish. Thus

this bird never raises its own young. If our

health will give promise of our abiding here

I think we shall send for you. Otherwise we

shall return home. We have work enough before us

to employ us a life time, & calls for our labors are

constantly multiplying. This morning I have recd

a pressing call to return to London. Three large

congregations uniting in the request & promising every

aid & comfort in their power. I am pressed as

earnestly to Visit Wales & Scotland that if health

will allow I must go to the principal cities of

each. From here we shall probably go either

to London or to Wales. In august, Should we

remain, we must go to Edinburgh. Scotland.

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From there to the City of Norwich, or Manch[ester]

Leeds or London, I know not which. But s[hould]

we be well enough to go to these places I hope

to see my way clear to send for you. It may happen

that we may continue to stay as we do now all

the while apparently on the verge of breaking down

In that case I should not dare to send for you.

At any rate My Dear Child, make yourself useful

& contented where you are. You are, we are happy

to know, a comfort to your Sister & brother & I

trust useful among the children. It is matter of

devout gratitude that you are beginning to live &

walk by faith, & to long after entire holiness.

There is, in this country, as there is in America, a

great religious movement inaugurated & going

on. An inquiring after holiness of heart is deepening

& spreading both there & here. This inquiring after holiness

in Boston is wonderful. I suppose as you do not

go to Brooklyn, Miss Tucker will remain at Oberlin

6th June. The above a week ago. Yesterday we got Anges letter giving

account of the fire. Mr. Lamson of Boston & given us previous informa

tion. Thank the Lord that it is no worse. The revival is powerful here.

It is an entirely new thing & creates astonishment. We are both

slowly improving in health, yet not able to do nearly as

much as in days past. Some friends are urging

us to send for you, thinking we shall more certainly

remain in this country. But the very unsettled state

of our health forbids our deciding, at present, to do so.

Study to be useful my precious child. And remember to be

useful you must be holy. To be holy you must not live to & for

self. Live by faith. Your Affectn

[signature removed]



Uriah Thompson, a deacon of the Church, and his wife, Susan, mention this man in their letters to Finney dated 31 January and 2 February 1860:

I see your hired man occasionally. I think he takes care of things pretty well so far as I can see.


I think brother Spriggs is doing as well as could be expected, a great deal better than the man you had before. He is very industrious, and I think a good man.

The corner of the letter is torn off here.

ancient ?

The tear in the page has removed a word here &endash; probably the.

The letter, dated May 23, 1859, was from Theodore Jones, a Methodist layman in the Third London Circuit of the United Methodist Free Church.

Finney received a number of letters from David Rees, the minister of the church in Llanelly in South Wales, and from John Kirk in Edinburgh.

Finney had received letters from John Massingham in Norwich.

There is a similar tear here as in the previous sheet.

See the correspondence Finney had with Robert K. Brewer of Leeds.