To William Cox Cochran

11 July 1870


[Autograph signed letter in the possession of Mrs. Ellen Speers, 3915 Sierra Drive, Austin, Texas 78731.]



Addressed to: William C. Cochran Esqr

care of Sec. of Interior,


D. C.

Stamp: 3 cents

Postmark: OBERLIN O. JUL 11



Oberlin 11th July 1870.

Dear Willy.

Yours of the 8th inst is recd to

day. We shall not be able to leave

home at Com. as so many friends

are expecting to be here, so, come

direct to our house. If we live

we shall be glad to see you.

We are all usually well,

except myself. I preached

twice yesterday, but had & have

a tedious eruption on my

back & side, that appears

like thes/ cingle or shingles, as

it is commonly called. I have

had it before in the same place,


worse than now. But it ^ bad

enough at present, & was

yesterday, to make me feel

quite uncomfortable.

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Julia tells me that she is

expecting Nellie to morrow.

We hope she will not fail.

All well, I believe, at your

Uncle Coles. We have had a

dry & hot June. At the very

beginning of July it began

to rain & since then we have

had frequent & copious rains.

It rains to day. All well

at Aunt Julias & Uncle

Nortons. All here join

in much love to you & to

all your Father's family.

I suppose your Father will

be obliged to welter out

the baking season in

that oven. Grand Ma

has just returned from

daily prayer meeting & says

"Tell Willy to come, we

shall be glad to see him.

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& that we consider him one

of the family." Little

Sarah & Charley are

here, & well & happy as

birds. God bless you.

C. G. Finney


A diary of William C. Cochran in the George N. Allen Papers, Oberlin College Archives, 30/67 Box 2, has the following entries:

Wed July 20. arrived at 4 p.m. rode up to Grandpas's in the bus and found grandma and Aunt Angie and the children, Charlie & Sarah waiting for me.


Thursday a.m. spent in running about town - at Aunt Julia's with Uncle Charlie and Aunt Angie.



Cochran's step-father, Jacob Dolson Cox, had been made Secretary of the Interior in 1869 by Grant when he became President.

This letter is not in the Finney Papers.


Finney appears to have written the letter S and smudged it out before writing cingle.

This was Cochran's eldest step-sister, Helen Finney Cox.

Stephen W. Cole had a farm about two miles northeast of Oberlin. His wife, Elizabeth, was a sister of Cochran's father, William. Cochran had stayed with them in 1865 while he was studying at the College. (See "Death of Stephen W. Cole" Oberlin Weekly News [15 March 1877], p.[3]; William C. Cochran, The Western Reserve and the Fugitive Slave Law: A Prelude to the Civil War, Tract No. 101 [Cleveland: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1920] p. 129; and letter of William C. Cochran to Helen Finney [Cochran] Cox, 24 October 1865, in Jacob Dolson Cox Papers, Oberlin College Archives.)