The GOSPEL TRUTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
To George Smith Boardman
9 April 1831
[Autograph signed letter in Gratz Manuscripts of American Clergy, Case 9, Box 7, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library.]
Auburn 9 April 1831.
Dr. Br. Boardman.
Your letter came to hand
yesterday, to which I must reply in a word.
Last week an individual was after me to go
to Adams. I am called in so many direct
ions that it is difficult to determine the path
of duty. Two Delegates are now here, one
from Cooperstown & one from N.York City.
Two were here a day or 2 since form Utica.
Day before yesterday 2 from Buffalo & so from
many other places. I feel very much at a loss
to know where I ought to go, even [should] I decide
upon leaving here at present, which is very
difficult, as the work is daily increasing.
I desire to visit my father in your Co.
who is very ill & hope it will be consistent
with duty in a very short time. If I
should come into that county to see him
I will if consistent with duty, call & see
you at least, & if I am, when there,
convinced that it is of more importance
to the Kingdom of Christ that I should
labor in that region awhile than elsewhere
I should be gratified, as that county is
the place of my spiritual nativity.
Next week I must attend a 3 days meeting
at Geneva, Deo Volente from where I expect to go
to Rochester after my family, & if I come into that
county to see my father I hope to be able to come
soon after my return from Rochester.
I am so hard pressed so many different
ways that it is not certain that I may go
even "to bury my father". I know your region
is important & particularly your place & if I can
feel that the Lord says enter that door I am
not only willing but should enter joyfully.
I must make up my mind from what data
I can gather, as to the comparative importance
of the different fields before me & the the prospect
of the most extended usefulness. I shall pray over
this subject & hope the Lord will direct me.
Yours in the fellowship of the gospel.
C. G. Finney
Rev. Geo. S. Boardman