To Julia Finney

16 July 1859


[Ms in Finney Papers, Supplement # 75]


London 16. July 1859

Dearest Julia.

Why do we not hear from you?

We are still staying on without any definite

plan as to returning or remaining. The way is

not open for sending for you nor, as I think, is it

likely to be. We are hard at work but not


so urged ^ as to have any assurance of being

able to remain long. But should we remain

until next year, unless our sphere of labor

is much changed we could not send for you.

We are laboring mostly with & for those in moderate

circumstances. & among whom we do well to be

comfortable ourselves without any one but ourselves.

To make you comfortable here & to provide for

your securing places &c. would be out of my

power. I get no rent on my building in N.Y.

& pay taxes besides for the last 6. months & do

not know when I shall. This makes me poor as

my salary at O. is stopped in my absence.

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The fire at Oshkosh led me to send as a gift

to Charles a $100. which was due me at

Rochester & which I had intended to send

to you. Charles & Ange have gone to housekeeping

as you probably know, & Ange thinks she must

have you with her. They propose to do without

a servant. But this will not do. Ange

cant get on so I am sure. She says you shall

not work. But you will not be waited on

by Ange & do nothing you[r]self. I have written

to them that if they will keep a good girls &

allow you to pay her wages, you may go

if you think best. & Helen will spare you.

If you need some money let me know & I will

send you some. On the 1st of Oct. I shall

have $100 due at Rochester & will through Hobart send

that to you if we dont return before & if you dont

send to me for some sooner. In regard to your

stay with H. or going to Charles you must act your

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own judgment. Neither H. nor C. will want to have you

sacrifice your own feelings or usefulness to please

them, I trust. We want you with us, precious child,

but can not enjoy this without being at our own

home. We may be obliged to return to O. this fall

on account of my relations & duties there. I

have written upon the subject & shall have

a reply in August, I presume. We have been

in London this time about 3 weeks. We find the

weather much more oppressive here than we expected

We did not & do not propose to remain here

long this time. Shall probably get away from

here - early in August. If we dont return

home we shall visit Scotland D.V. the

latter part of August. There is very much to

do here & great encouragement to labor. O, for

laborers of the right stamp. I can not now

write directly to Dolson & Helen. Give

abundant love to them & the children. Why should you

not write us frequently. We recd a letter from Miss

Tucker last week. She had not written before for a long

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time. I gave her a good scolding just before we recd

her last. What are you all thinking of to let

your parents remain among strangers across the Atlan

tic for months together without letting us hear from

you? Do you forget that we are, or that we have

such an intense anxiety to hear from our

children. We charged Miss Tucker to let us hear from

our home at least every two weeks & pay postage out of

my funds. She has nothing else, or little else to do.

Yet we have not heard from her for 3 months

until last week. And how long is it since you

wrote. And what have you to do, that prevents you

writing to your par[e]nts. Surely you dont well consider

how painful to us your long silence is. Your mother

will believe herself better, but I observe that every few

nights she cant sleep all night. She is more

nervous than formerly. God bless you my dear

daughter. Direct to Huntingdon, England.

Your aff. Father

C. G. Finney



The fire during the night of May 9-10, 1859, was the first of five great fires to devastate Oshkosh. It destroyed 125 buildings in six blocks, wiping out nearly the whole of the business district of the town. See James I. Metz, Oshkosh Aflame! Traumas and Triumphs of its Sawdust Citizens (A History), pp. 9-13.