To Julia Finney

4 December 1857


[MS in Finney Papers, Supplement # 62]


Boston 4. Dec. 1857.

Dearest Julia.

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

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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

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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.

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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.