To Julia Monroe

23 January 1869


[MS in Finney Papers, microfilm, roll 5, supplement #168. Extracts were published in Frances J. Hosford, "Finney and His Children" in The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Vol. 30 (July 1934), pp. 301-2.]


My Dear Julia

Your Mothers letter gives too discour

aging a view of the State of religion

here. Many are greatly searched

& some are wincing under the

truth, but there is a manifest

movement both in & out of the

Church. The business mens meetings

for prayer. The young peoples

meetings. The many prayer

meetings in the different sections

of the town. The young men's

prayermeetings. The enquiry

meetings. The frequent conversions,

& indeed the general state of

things is highly encouraging.

If I could venture to preach

once or twice during the week

I have no doubt we should have

a powerful revival in a very

short time. As it is many are

much blessed in the Church

& almost every day we hear of

conversions. There are no doubt

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conversions occuring nearly or quite

every day. Mother now says she wrote

too much her own present feelings

& overlook the facts I have just

mentioned. The Trustees wish to

make some repairs in the Church

& are thinking of doing it before

the Term opens. If they do it will

break up our sabbath services

for a week or two. I fear for more.

I am preparing for the press a

volume of revival sermons.

This work I must hasten as the

publishers wish to get them into

market in April.

My book on freemasonry has

gone to the printer & will

soon be out I suppose.

It will make some squirming

I doubt not. Charles was here

at Christmas. Staid only a day.

Norton is fully employed in

his R.R. business. Sarah is with

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us still. She is a[s] sweet as

ever & as happy as a bird.

Ange will inform you of the

death of Mr. George Wright.

No deaths here of late. It is

a time of remarkable health.

We have now six or more practising

physicians here & I doubt if all

of them have as many patients

as one could attend. We

have three drug stores, & how they

live I dont know. The surrounding

towns employ our physicians

& support our drug stores a

good deal I beli[e]ve. I should

have said that Charles general

health & his voice are slowly

improving. My own health has

been quite good, but at present

I am a little threatened

with dysentary. Your mother

thinks or professes to that

there is no danger. Were it not

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that tomorrow is Sab. & I must

preach I should not feel as

if my danger was great. If I

am not better in the morning I

shall not preach. By your

next letter we may hear more

particularly whether & when

you hope to return to Oberlin.

Helen writes that Dear little

Ken is failing a good deal.

Poor child he is not long for this

world. I charge his parents

not to neglect his soul. I sent

him "The guide to the Savior" a

few days since. Helen has been

a great contemner of the mode

of life in which she was trained & to

which she owes her health & life.

I tell her something is wrong as

she has much sickness in her

family. Love to James & the

children. God bless you

all evermore.

C. G. Finney



It appears that this line was added afterwards at the top of the page. Julia Monroe added: (Oberlin. Date? 1869?). The letter was probably written on January 23rd 1869.

The week of prayer was held in the first week of the new year, when there were daily prayer meetings held in various places in Oberlin. See The Lorain County News (6 January 1869), p. 3.

A notice in The Lorain County News, 27 January 1869, p. 3. stated:

Young peoples meetings are well attended -- Repairs have been commenced on the First Church. A beginning was made on the Sabbath School Library's Room, on the south side of the back entry. During the coming month the contemplated repairs will be made in the audience room.

and a notice in the News of February 17, gives details of the redecoration taking place in the church (p. 3).

It is not clear what this edition is. Finney had already prepared a new edition of his Lectures on Revivals of Religion with an additional preface dated October 22, 1868, which was advertised in The Lorain County News for December 9, 1868, p. 2, as being for sale. It was published by E. J. Goodrich of Oberlin.

Two of them, H. L. Henry and J. M. Gardner & Co., advertised each week in The Lorain County News.

Finney was probably writing this on Saturday, January 23rd. A notice in The Lorain County News, for Wednesday, January 20, 1869, p. 3, stated that "Ex-President Finney, has been indisposed during the past week, and Prof. Morgan preached at the First Church in his stead, on Sunday." A further notice in the News for Wednesday, February 3, stated that Finney's health had improved, and he was able to be in the pulpit on Sunday (p. 3).

Finney had brought out his little book, Guide to the Savior; or, conditions of attaining to and aiding in entire holiness of heart and life in 1848, published in Oberlin by James M. Fitch.