To William Cox Cochran

28 September 1870


[Autograph signed letter in Finney Papers, Box 2/2/2.]



Address: Wm Cochran Esqr

Department of the Interior




Stamp: 3 cent embossed


Postmark, on the front: OBERLIN O Sep 28

on the back: OBERLIN Sep 29 2PM



Oberlin 28th Sept. 1870

Dear Willy.

Can it be true that I have

not answered your very inter

esting letter of the 28th ult.

I have just found it amongst

my unanswered letters, but

can hardly believe that

I have not answered it.

I am pretty well acquainted

with your route as far as

Ogdensburg. Below that I never

was. The scenery is charming

amongst the thousand Islands

at the outlet of Lake Ontario.

I have been familiar with

those scenes in my youth.

I used to live almost opposite

Kingston, i.e. near Sackets Har

bor I never passed the salts

or rapids on the St. Lawrence.

b[page 2]

I am glad that you so

much enjoyed your trip.

It would be well, if you get able,

to spend a year in foreign

travel before you settle

in life. I find that my

visits to Europe have greatly

increased my interest in the

affairs of those peoples, so much

so that it appears quite

shocking to me that those

around me take compar

atively so little interest

in their terrible war.

I say comparatively, I mean

campared with the interest

manifested by them in our

own late war. I take

hardly less interest in this,

I am at present suffering

from lumbago. All the

rest of the family are well.

[page 2]

Your Uncle Norton has

gone to reside at Buffalo.

He is pushing his R.R.

as fast as possible. The

Directors at their late

meeting added 1000

dollars per year to his

salary. Making it $4600

in currency or $4000 in

gold. Aunt Ange you

know is still here.

Aunt Julia's folks are well

except Willy who has a

slight vever. We all unite

in much love to you & all

your Father's family.

God bless you

my Dear Child

C. G. Finney.



The Lorain County News of 11 August 1870 noted that Norton Finney "who has become eminent in his profession as an engineer, is now engaged in surveying a new line of railroad through Canada, on the completion of which he is to receive the appointment of superintendent of the road." (page 3)

This word appears to be vever. Finney probably meant to write fever.