To James and Julia Monroe

18 August 1868


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 165]


Oberlin. 18th Aug. 1868

Dear James & Julia.

Yours of the 23d June are

recd. I had seen James'

letter to Pres. Fairchild.

As usual I have been

overdone by the excitem [sic]

nt of Commencement.

I am now about again

but am not well & strong.

I intended to write

more at length than

I shall be able to at

present. We are all

well except myself &

I see not why I may

not soon be quite

well again.

Had letters from Norton

& Charles lately.

They are all well

Sarah is still with us.

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Your mother is as usual

full of care & labors

We have two invalid

women in the house.

I presume you will hear

direct from your brothers

& Sister.

Mr. Hovey the merchant

died suddenly a week

of two since. I have just

visited Mrs. Alvord who

has probably gotten the

consumption. Dr. Stell

says she has.

Willy Rice's babe is

sick, probably will

not live long.

Mrs Avery's youngest

daughter has been con

fined to her bed for

more than twenty weeks.

It is very dry here. we

have had but very

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slight rains all sum

mer. It rains a little

to day. I suppose you

are well acquainted

with our political

doings & prospects.

If James could have

returned he would

no doubt have been

elected to Congress.

Dolson has been much

importuned to run

for Congress & to take

office under Johnson,

but he steadily declines.

He says he cant afford

to break up his business

again & this is no doubt

true. He is getting well

started for the time.

says he shall clear

his expenses this year.

This is doing well

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for the fisrt year in

a new field.

Of course I know that

James must depend

very much on Julia

to keep up a correspon

dence with us. He has

so wide a correspondence

& so much to do that I

have not thought it strange

that Julia has mostly done

the writing to us.

Your mother & Sarah send

plenty of love & kisses

Mary Atkins is here

& sends love to you both.

I must close as the

mail is about to

close. In much haste

God bless you all

Emma will write.

C. G. Finney.



Finney had presumably meant to write or here.

William Hovey, a pioneer resident of Oberlin, died on July 25th. He had been a tinsmith and was prominent in business and in public affairs in Oberlin. He was the Republican nominee for county treasurer. See "Death of Mr. Hovey" in The Lorain County News, 29 July 1868, p. 3; and Wilbur H. Phillips, Oberlin Colony: The Story of a Century (Oberlin: 1933), pp. 98, 120.

Finney had probably meant to write Steele here. Dr Alexander Steele (1802-1872) was a very well respected doctor. He had been in Oberlin since 1836, and was the first practicing physician in the community. See "Death of Dr. Steele" (The Lorain County News, 11 April 1872, p. 3.

The Lorain County News, 2 September 1868, p. 3, published the following notice under the heading, "Died":

RICE.--August 29, 1868, Louis George, infant son of William and Hattie Rice, aged 6 months and 22 days.

The impeachment of President Johnson in May 1868 and the nomination of Grant as the Republican presidential candidate had dominated the news during the summer.

Grant and Sherman had tried to get Johnson to appoint Cox to the War Office, back in January, but were unsuccessful. Then there was talk that Johnson would appoint a new cabinet after his acquittal, and that Cox would be in it, but Cox resisted. Then the local party leaders tried in July to get him to run for Congress in the Second Congressional District, but he refused. Then he was offered the post of Commissioner of Internal Revenue by Johnson on July 31, but this would provide an income of only $6000 a year, which he could not afford. (See Schmiel, "The Career of Jacob Dolson Cox", pp. 213-220).

After retiring as Governor of Ohio in January 1868, Cox set up a new law office in Cincinnati. Late in July, he had the prospect of entering into a law partnership with Henry L. Burnett, a young attorney whom he had known in Warren, at a guaranteed minimum income of $10,000. This arrangement came into effect at the end of the month. See William C. Cochran, "Jacob D. Cox - The Scholar in Action" The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Vol XI, No. 6 (March, 1915), p. 230; and Schmiel, "The Career of Jacob Dolson Cox", p. 220.