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


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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.