To Julia Finney

15 May 1861


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 95]


Oberlin 15th May 1861.

My Dear Julia.

I wrote you a

line yesterday & afterwards

recd yours of the 12th

We have heard nothing from Helen.

We learn that Helen Cobb is failing

fast. Do you hear from her.

Had you forgotten that your last

letters to us before this of the twelfth

left us in the expectation of your

return home in a few days at

the least out side. We were

alarmed to neither see nor hear

from you so long. I can not

feel as if Dolson acted wisely after

all in going into the Army.

However he must judge for himself.

I hope there was no worldly ambition

in it. Helen will see enough of

camp life in one week.

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The roads have been so bad of

late that we have not been out

for a drive for some days

It has rained almost every day.

Yesterday & to day pleasant.

We hear no more of the Goodmans.

We know not what has become of

them. Mrs Sumner is moving

her hous[e] back & is going to put

on a new front which is

to range with Mr. Henrys. This

will give us a better view of the

church & its surroundings.

We are as well as usual. I went

to meeting a part of the forenoon

last sabbath for the first time

since I have been ill. I do not

know that it impaired me.

We hope Helen will come here

on her return. I would write

her to day but dont know what

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direction to give a letter to have

it reach her. We hope to see

you at home soon. You say

nothing about your health.

I am improving in health slowly.

Give any quantity of love to the

children. Shall you not bring

one of them with you.

God bless you my Dear Daughter

C. G. Finney.



Julia Finney wrote in pencil above this:

! She lived many many years -

Finney is referring here to Henry and Albert Goodman from Huntingdon, England, who were on a 6 months' tour of the United States. They had arrived in Boston late in January and were at the time travelling through New York State. After visiting Niagara Falls, they left on May 24, and travelled to Cleveland, "and thence to Oberlin where we stayed with Professor Finney, president of the theological college and from there to Chicago and on westward. ..." (Albert Goodman, "Genealogical Book of the Ancestry of the Surrey Goodmans the Descendants of Albert and Olivia Goodman" Typescript in Huntingdon Record Office, p. 161.)

According to local maps of the period, Mrs Mary Sumner lived in a house just to the east of where Carnegie Library now stands. The one belonging to H. L. Henry, who ran a drug store in the town, lay to the west of Mrs Sumner's, on the North-East corner of Professor and Lorain Streets. Carnegie Library is built over part of the site. Finney's house was on the South-West corner of Professor and Lorain Streets on the site now occupied by Finney Chapel.

It is evident that the Finneys were not able to enjoy their unobstructed view of the church and its surroundings for long. Two further buildings were soon put up between Mrs Sumner's house and the Church, and in 1871 the site was cleared to make way for Council Hall, which was completed in 1874.