The GOSPEL TRUTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
To Julia and Helen Finney
5 June 1858
[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 66. Extracts from this letter were published in Frances J. Hosford, "Finney and His Children" in The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Vol. 30 (July 1934), pp. 299-300.]
Oberlin 5 June 1858.
I opened N's. letter to you supp
osing that it contained information in
regard to his arrival here. Have you not
nearly completed your visit at Warren?
I dont know as I shall like my new horse.
He is a noble high headed, high spirited
animal, a good size larger than either
of the other ones. But he is skittish I
fear dangerously so & so much afraid
of the whip that an unguarded motion
of the hand without a whip will
cause him to leap almost from under
you. He is light cream & a good
horse every other way. Can not Willie
come down with you & little Helen?
We all want to see you much. We recd your
letter this morning & Ma will answer it.
Give a world of love to the little sweets.
Your aff. Father
C. G. Finney.
To Helen on the other side.
Dear Helen, I have only time to say
that we want much to see you.
I suppose you are informed in regard
to the question of Sewing Machines.
There are over 200 different patents.
If you could inform yourself as to
the working of the 2 or 3 of the
decidedly best ones & get you one
it would be a great help to you.
We are delighted with Julis description
of your new house. We hope you will
be able to keep & pay for it, & live to enjoy it.
If Dolson's life & health are preserved I
trust all will be right in regard to
paying for it. We feel as if we must
have Juli again soon. I may come
after her & perhaps bring Mother.
Br. Cole says Willie is coming down at
his vacation. When is that. Samuel
Cochran is to be here D.V. at commencement.
Can not Willie be here at that time.
Samuel longs much to see him.
Give a great deal of love to Dolson.
& many kisses to the children. Love also
to Lottie if she is with you.
Your aff. Father. C. G. Finney.
Probably Norton Finney.
Julia was staying with her sister Helen and brother-in-law Jacob Dolson Cox.
This word is not written clearly, so Julia has written "sweets" above it.