To Edwin and Mary Lamson

15 November 1864


[MS in Finney Papers, 2/2/1]


Envelope: Edwin Lamson Esqe

5 Beacon st. Boston.



Postmark: OBERLIN, O, NOV 15 '64



Oberlin 15. Nov. 1864.

Dear Br. & Sister Lamson.

Many thanks for your dear letters of the

3d & inst. I did not know where you were & in

my loneliness it seemed a great while since I

had heard from you. I thank the Lord that

Mary is better. I do pray that the Lord may

spare her, for it would kill you to lose her.

O, Br. Lamson, if you should lose Mary you would

understand what I pray that you may never

know. How often have Dear Wife & I talked

of the kindness of God in giving us the acqu

aintance & sympathy of our Br & Sister Lamson.

Now wife has gone I am more than ever

thankful for this kindness. From your letter

Mary, I infer that you have relinquished

the thought of paying us a visit.

So, Delia Woods is with you. Dear Precious

Child, she is. Give abundant love to her. I do

wish she would come & spend next summer

with us. I hope your sister Mrs Moore is

sustained in her affliction. Ange & her babe

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are still with us. We are enjoying a blessed

revival of religion. It commenced about 2

months ago on sabbath. & last sab. we recd.

50 converts to the Church as first fruits.

A few of this no. were by letter. The number

recd are only a part of those who appear

to be converted. We have had no extra

preaching. I preach twice on sab. & once

during the week. We have had but few

extra prayer meetings. Meeting[s] of enquiry

have been held more frequently than usual.

I have been preaching mostly to christians

through the summer. About 2 months ago

I turned & opened the batteries of heaven

upon God's enemies. The first discharge

slew & wounded a great number. I saw,

as I was preaching, that the word was taking

effect. At the close I called on those in the

congregation whose minds were made up to listen

to Christ's call, & respond to it immediately,

to stand up. It being the beginning of our

College year many new & unconverted students

were present. A large number arose. But

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as they were scattered over the vast con

gregation I called them out to the body

slips before the pulpit. This was like the

pouring out of a flood. They came so

thick, & fast, & many, as to choke the iles [sic]

& finally to fill all the body slips to quite

back under the front gallery. The word had

been set home with such pow[e]r that many submitted

upon the spot as we have since learned.

Since then I have kept up the fire

upon the unconverted so far as I deemed

it wise. The work has gone on powerfully.

We soon close our fall term. The students

generally are greatly blessed & I hope will

spread this revival spirit in many places.

Until this fall I have not dared to make

any revival efforts for some years. And now I

have changed the direction rather than in

-crease the number of services. I am sorry

that Boston ministers will make no revival efforts

the coming winter. I guess they will before

spring. I am glad to hear Mary speak so

well of Br. Kirk's political efforts. God bless him.

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I have the spirit of thanksgiving for the

special blessings connected with the

recent election. When this college was first

established, our faculty & students were held

in great abomination almost all over this state.

Hissed, pelted with eggs & stones, & hooted,

& hunted, as the enemies of the country. But

we quietly & firmly bore our testimony. Our

students have scattered all through this state,

& through the west until the tables are completely

turned. Thank God for this. Our Eastern friends

are not aware of the part Oberlin has taken

in making Ohio & the north west a unity for

freedom. You know only a little of it.

I mention it only as cause of thanksgiving.

I do thank the Lord that I have lived to see

this marvellous change. My health is better

than ever you saw it. I do not know how

long I can hold out but at present I enjoy

my labors quite as well as ever in my life.

Julia & Ange are much blessed in spirit.


Charles still with Sheridan . My so ^ in law

Cox, is with Sherman, in command of the

23d Corps. Baby sends kisses to little "Daisy."

Julia & Ange send much love. Julia will

soon write to Delia Woods D.V. Norton has the

charge of constructing a R.R. from Ashtabula

Ohio to Franklin Pa. Is well, Full of business &

enjoying peace with God, as he writes. Give

my love to Brs. Sears, Stone, Hoit & all friends.




Finney had written thak and later inserted the n just above.

The following notice appeared in The Lorain County News, 19 October 1864, p. 2.:

ADDITIONS TO THE CHURCH.--The scene at the Communion at the First Church, last Sabbath afternoon, was deeply gratifying and encouraging to all friends of religion. Fifty-one, mostly young people, united with the church and partook of the Sacrament. As their names were read, they took their places in the aisles, and lines were formed, on either side, extending from the pulpit nearly the entire length of the church. The usual ceremonies were then performed, some twenty receiving baptism, the remainder having previously been baptized elsewhere. The occasion was one of solemn joy and will be remembered with pleasure, in after years by the converts, as the commencement of their Christian life.

The following advertisement appeared in the local paper, The Lorain County News each week, from 12th April through to 12th October 1864, on page 4, under the heading "Church Directory":

AN INQUIRY MEETING, for the purpose of personal religious conversation, is held under the joint supervision of the Pastors of the First and Second Congreg'l Churches, on Sabbath at 6 P.M., in the Theological Society Room, Chapel building.

That was Sunday, 25th September 1864. The following report appeared in The Lorain County News, 28 September 1864, p. 2:

A RELIGIOUS INTEREST.-- Last Sabbath afternoon was a season of great interest at the First Church. President Finney preached a discourse of more than usual power, and, at the close, a large number of enquirers went forward, at his invitation, to signify their interest in the subject of religion. The enquiry meeting on Sabbath evening, and the young people's meeting on Monday, were crowded and of impressive solemnity.

The following notice appeared in The Lorain County News (Oberlin), 11 January 1865, p. 2:

THE RELIGIOUS INTEREST manifested during the Fall Term, attending the earnest labors of Pres. Finney still continues, as is evidenced by the number who united with the First Church on last Sabbath. Eighteen new members were added--a good beginning for the new year. The Young People's Meeting on Monday evening is always crowded now, and we may hope that much good is being done.

Philip Henry Sheridan (1831-1888)

In fact Cox was not the official commander of the 23rd Corps; he was second in command under Schofield. However he was effectively the commander in the field; and at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, which was about to take place, Cox directed the entire battle. "The Battle of Franklin was one of the bloodiest of the war, .... It was also Cox's finest moment and his greatest victory of the war." (Schmiel, "Jacob Dolson Cox" , p. 126). As a result he was at last promoted to Major General. Cox was not put in permanent command of the 23rd Corps until March 1865.

Willard Sears (1803-1890), was a building contractor in Boston, who had been a trustee of Oberlin College.

Probably Henry Hoyt, a publisher in Boston and a deacon of Park Street Church.