To Angelina Atkinson and Julia Finney

c. 13 December 1849


[MS in Finney Papers. Microfilm, Supplement # 23, filmed after letter of Potto Brown to Finney, 3 June 1849.]


This letter was written from Birmingham soon after the Finneys arrived there early in December 1849. The reference to writing to Helen and Charles "today" refers to the letter "home" dated 4 and 13 December 1849. Mrs. Finney's daughter, Angelina Atkinson, and Finney's daughter, Julia, were staying with Mrs. Finney's brother, Hobart Ford, in Brooklyn. The letter is endorsed at the top left of page 1, in Julia Monroe's handwriting, "Description of London".]


Dear Daughters Angelina & Julia.

Your Dear Mother intended to have written

to you by to days mail but she is not able to do so. She

has a severe cold & has been in bed yesterday & thus far

to day. She is better & I trust will be well in a day

or two. The steamer goes to morrow & the letter must be

mailed to day. I have not much time to write but must

say a few words. We are very anxious that you should

honor God in all your ways. We try to pray for you & hope

& trust that you pray for yourselves. Your dear Mother has

been greatly useful at Houghton & has done too much

for her strength. I trust she will be here. We had a letter

from Helen & Charles by the last steamer & write to them

again to day. We have not heard from Norton yet.

This country is a world of novelties to us. We often wish

our children could be with us & visit some of the wonderful

things which we see here. We spent a day, two weeks since, in

riding about London to visit its wonders. It is a world

of a city containing two millions, two hundred thousand

inhabitants. That you may have some little conception of

its extent consider that it is as long as from our house

to Cleveland & about as [8 or 10 miles] broad. as it is long. As to its

publick buildings there is no comparison of them in America

I presume its palaces & publick buildings alone would

cover more ground than the city of New York. I mean

of course to include its palace yards & the grounds

connected with its publick buildings. Those buildings are


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magnificent & expensive beyond discription.

We hope soon to receive a good long letter from you.

We hope you will improve your opportunity to get a good hold

of your music this winter so as to be able to get on with your

other studies next year. You will we hope & trust do what

you can to lighten the cares of your Aunt Ford to & to

render both Aunt & Uncle very happy. They will love you

if you are good girls as we expect you to be.

My own health is pretty good. I preach a great deal but

it does not appear to injure me. Dear Mother is not

able to write but unites in a great deal of love to

our sweet daughters.

Your affectionate Father.

C. G. Finney.


Dear Br. & Sister Ford. As wife can not write to day she proposes

that I should enclose hers to Helen for your perusal & request

you when you have read it to forward it to her immediately


[endorsed at the side of the page in Julia Monroe's handwriting:]




The Finneys were in London on November 27th, when Finney preached at Borough Road Chapel.