The GOSPEL TRUTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
To Alfred Smith
18 June 1862
[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement, No, 107]
Oberlin Ohio. 18th June 1862
Dear Br. Smith
Yours of the 16th is before me.
I do not know Mr. Rosendorff's present
address. Will you get it & forward
my letter to him without delay.
Be sure to make R. pay the interest
on the rent from the time it was
due. This delay must be intended
to save the interest. For this reason
dont fail to require it. I want
him to fully understand that if the
rents are not paid punctually in
future, the legal steps to collect it
will not be delayed, & I wish you
to prepare to take the requisite legal
measures & to take them promptly
in case the rent is not paid.
My health still improving
God bless you My Dr Brother
over C. G. Finney.
If they dont pay the rent now due I dont
see how legal measures can be avoided
It is best to let them know that they must
pay up fully & punctually or pay the
cost of collection by law. Dont threaten
& not perform but collect the rent.
God bless you my Dr. Brother
C. G. Finney
This letter is endorsed at the bottom in Finney's handwriting:
Since Rosendorff was expected back soon, Alfred Smith waited before taking any action. However, by August 8th he had not returned, and there was still money outstanding, so Smith sent the letter on. Subsequent dealings with Rosendorff appear to have been reasonably satisfactory, and Finney eventually sold the house to him in 1865.