To Philo Carpenter

25 October 1871


[MS in Finney Papers, microfilm, roll 6, #2136]


Oberlin 25th Oct. 1871

My Dear Br. Carpenter.

Yours of the 19th is recd.

Is it in your thought to publish

the Cynosure here as a

national organ of the

Society, or to have a paper

published here independent

of the Association? I believe the

paper well conducted & issuing

from this place would be

well sustained & the great

number & character of our

students would do much

to extend its circulation

& influence. Could Br.

Hall come & edit it.

We have a press & all that

is needed for its publication

It could not take the place

of our political county paper

[page 2]

but it might be published

by the same press. Our

Faculty are too full of labor

to be depended upon as

writers except perhaps

occasionally. I have not

consulted them. I have

conversed with the young

man who has purchased

the press & takes possession of it

the middle of next month.

He is opposed to Masonry & to

all secretism but is not used

to editing & is not well enough

posted upon the subject

to take charge of such a

paper as you need.

It strikes me that Br. Hart

should be at least one

of its editors whenever

it is published.

You will remember

[page 3]

that we have before had

the pledge that Br. B's

personal difficulties

& personal hits should

not appear in the cynosure.

We have suffered severely

in this region, I mean

our cause has from so

much of this kind of

thing in that paper.

Every hit of the kind

makes enemies & grieves

& alienates friends of

the reform. The paper

must itself be reformed

or it can not go far in

reforming others.

Chicago must be after all,

a far more elligible place

to publish the paper than


a mere Village. It might

do well here, but it ought

[page 4]

to do better at Chicago.

Can it not be put into

hands that will attract

rather than repel the

cooperation of the press

more extensively?

Br. Blanchard is a blessed

man but certainly does

not appreciate the harm

done by his personal

hits. Shall we not

see the paper again

ere long. You do not

say how much you have

lost by the great fire.

The moral effect of the

great fire is really more

than a compensation for

the material loss. That is

to the world at large.

God bless you

C. G. Finney



This letter is not in the Finney Papers, but Carpenter had apparently written to Finney: "some friends here have thought the Cynosure might be published at Oberlin. What would the friends there think of it?" (Finney to Charles A. Blanchard, November 2, 1871, Finney Papers, microfilm, roll 6, # 2139)

Jonathan Blanchard

On Sunday and Monday, the 8th and 9th of October, a disastrous fire had swept through Chicago leaving three square miles of the city in ashes, and hundreds of thousands of people homeless. ("Charred Chicago" The Lorain County News [12 October 1871], p. 2; "Chicago a Year After the Fire" ibid. [17 October 1872], p. 1.)