The GOSPEL TRUTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
To Edwin & Mary Lamson
28 April 1862
[MS in Finney Papers, 2/2/1]
Oberlin O. 28th April, 1862.
My Dear Brother & Sister Lamson.
Your precious letters are recd
They were refreshing. Thank you
for your sustaining sympathy &
most christian kindness. True, I
have been down again, & my
strength has been low. I am
now getting about a little
& this is one of my first efforts
with my pen. I must not write
much though I have much to say.
Dear wife is in general health,
though not all right to day. Has
not left her bed this morning.
Will be well I trust in a day
or two. We are rejoiced to hear
that Dear Mary is so much
better. Mary Do be careful in going
back to housekeeping. Do not ride,
or walk, or exercise too much. I fear
you are too much like me. So full
of restlessness to do something as
to make too much haste & effort to
get well. I fear the cauterizing of
your spine. You are exhausted.
You must have rest. Rest. Rest. Rest,
is your remedy. The burning of your spine
uses up too much of the general vitality.
At your age you may confidently expect
to get well if you will take time
for sufficient rest. Do not my Dear
Sister, use up your general vitality
by using exhausting remedies.
Perhaps I am too old to recover by
rest. But I have now three times
begun labors too soon. & after a
few weeks of labor broke down
again. You have a young family.
Your presence in the house though
confined to your bed is of great
importance. Live, ther[e]fore if you can.
I am good for nothing unless I can
use my pen or tongue. It is of little
importance for me to live confined to
my bed. God bless your Dear children
We are most happy to hear about
them. We hope they will soon be
quite well of the cough.
Give our Dearest love & many
kisses to them all.
We are thankful to hear good of
the meetings at Old South Chapel.
But I shall write too much.
With a heart full of sincerest
Christian love to you all I
must close by subscribing
my self yours ever in the love
of christ. C. G. Finney.
P.S. Mrs. F. joins in the above
& in much love to Br & Sister
Stone, & in prayers that God will
bless Boston abundantly.
This word is underlined three times.