The GOSPEL TRUTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
To Dr. Stebbins
9 November 1847
[MS in Oberlin College Archives, 2/2/2.]
Addressed: Dr. Stebbins.
Congress W. Griswold St.
Postmark: PONTIAC NOV 12
Oberlin 9. Nov, 1847.
Dear Br. Stebbins.
When My Dear Wife wrote
you I was confined with the Typhus fever.
I was very sick for about 7 weeks. I am
now as well as usual but have not recovered
my usual strength although I am improving
very fast. Dear Wife has also had the fever
together with 2 of our children. We are all
recovered from the fever & wholly without the
use of medicine of any kind.
Wife has for a long time, as I have supposed,
been on the decline with a pulmonary con
sumption. The symptoms were very alarming
previous to her having the fever. Since the fever
has subsided she is better than I ever exp
ected to see her. Still her recovery is very
doubtful. I want much to see you & your
dear wife & all the dear brethren & sisters
in Detroit. Have you a minister yet?
I write by a young Lady who has just called
to say that she leaves tomorrow morning for
Michigan. She may spend a night or at least
a few hours in your city. If so she will call
& deliver this letter. If not she will mail
it at Pontiac the place of her destination.
Her name is Griffing. She is an intelligent
christian as we think & can tell you
more about Oberlin than I can write.
Do let me hear from you brother.
Dear Wife joins in much love to yourself
& wife. Do present my warmest love to all
the dear friends of christ who may inquire
after me. Yours in much haste.
C. G. Finney.