The GOSPEL TRUTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
To Julia Finney
4 December 1857
[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 62]
Boston 4. Dec. 1857.
I arrived her[e] in safety night
before last & was busy yesterday in arranging
our room at our new lodging No. 9. Davis st.
I found yours of the 28t- ult in waiting for
me at Mr. Lamsons. Thank you for it.
I saw you stand alone upon the platform
after I entered the cars & felt sad to
leave you. It seems too bad that we have
no child with us so much of the time.
I hope you will not be lonely, & that you
will exercise real discretion in regard
to you health. Be especially careful of
yourself in extremes of weather. At such
times the constitution has all it can do
to resist the state of the atmosphere. Slight
irregularities in your habits at such
times will prove disastrous & to your eyes
may prove fatal. I heard nothing of the
destruction of the Commercial Bank until I
came past upon the ruins. It will not affect
Hobarts interest. I remained at Rochester
until tuesday, Spent tuesday night at Albany.
Came to Boston on wednesday. Had pleasant
weather all the way. It is pleasant yet.
It has not been as cold here as it has at
Oberlin. At Detroit the thermometer was
25. below zero. I expect your Mother to night.
I found two letters form her at Mr. Lamsons.
Glad your stove works so well & that you
get along nicely. I intended to have
given Wm Bryan a few P.O. stamps so
that he can write me. Please tell him to
call on you for stamps when he wishes to write.
Mother will write when she comes.
I hope Miss Tucker will be happy at home
this winter. I will write her when I get time
I hope you and Miss Tucker will have a
good winter. Dont read too much. Think of, &
reflect upon, what you read. Something
quite laughable occurred at Cleveland occurred
as we came on. Br. Morgan & John Ellis went
up into Town. I & Helen Whiting remained at the
Depot until the train started. John Ellis &
Br. Morgan took some oysters up Town & came
down & John took the train he was going
in at 3 oClock. Just after he left a man
came blustering down after John saying
that John has passed to him a counterfeit
ten dollar bill. John was gone. James Dealy
was there & he said the man was a black leg &
that John never went to his saloon. I inquired
of Br. Morgan where he & John took their
Oysters, but he could give very little discrip
tion of the place. as he took but little
notice of the place. John was gone & I
guess that he had passed the bill to the
man without being aware of its being
counterfeit. They had better take care
where they go to eat. Whether the man
followed John I dont know, as we
soon left for Buffalo. But I must leave
space for Ma to write a line if she arrives
to night. Give much love to all left at home.
Write me what you hear of Grandmother Andrews.
My health improves. Your aff. Father. C. G. Finney.
Saturday 5. Dec. 1857.
Your Mother arrived last
night. All well. She is off to meeting
& cant write till next week,
sends love to all. C. G. F.
This name is unclear. Finney appears to have written a J which was overwritten to turn it into what looks like a D.