To Charles Grandison Moore

18 April 1873


[Ms in Charles Grandison Moore Papers, C8, Box 1, Evangelical Library, 78a Chiltern Street, London W1U 5HB. The letter is in the handwriting of Rebecca Finney.]


Rev. Charles Grandison Moore (1851-1922) was the eldest son of Finney's English Methodist friend, Rev. John Moore. He had a distinguished career as an editor, author and holiness teacher.


Directly after his death in 1922, his son, Stanley J. Moore, brought out a little booklet: "Mr. Greatheart." Some Reminiscences of Charles G, Moore. By his Son (printed by Fir Grove, Woburn Sands, Beds.), in which he quoted from this letter (p. 2). This was followed by a more extensive biography, 'Heartily Yours'. The Life Story of Charles G. Moore. by his Son (Harrogate: Out & Out, 1922), in which he quoted from the letter at greater length (with minor alterations, pp. 10-11).


After C. G. Moore's death the letter passed into the possession of his daughter, Miss Daisy Moore, who donated it, with other papers, to the Evangelical Library.


Oberlin April 18th /73

Rev. C. G. Moore,

My Dear Son and Namesake

Yours of March 13th is rec'd. I hasten

to reply, in a few words. I am at present

troubled with weakness of eyesight, and therefore

write by the hand of another. I have known that

your father was a very close student, and have

feared for some time, that he would break

his nervous system entirely down. And

when he undertook to deal with the "oppositions

of science, falsely so called" in addition to his

ministerial itinerant labors, his break-down was

inevittable. But I am rejoiced to hear that

he is recovering. I send as much love to him

as can be transmitted in a letter, and pray

God to restore him quite to health. I hope

he will rest profoundly, for at least a year

without undertaking any intellectual labor.

A visit to this country, would in all prob-

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ability greatly improve his health. Can he not

come to Oberlin? We should be very happy

to see him. Dr Jennings is still alive, and is

enjoying "a green old age." He has published

two books, since the first one, which you saw,

and is preparing a third. His first book,

however, gives the key to his system, and, I think,

is the most useful of the three. His views, are, I

think, influencing the action of physicians generally,

in this country. They give much less medicine

than formerly, and the most advanced thinkers

of that profession, are, I believe, many

of them, embracing more or less fully,

his views. Will not Mr. Tegg publish

a new edition of my "Guide to the Savior".

The title of that work, was not suggested

by me, and I never liked it. It should

have been entitled 'The Fullness of Jesus.'

I presume at the request of your father,

and perhaps a few other influential men

Mr. Tegg would publish a new edition.

Do you know whether he has suffered my

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Systematic Theology to go out of print?

Are those views becoming more generally en-

tertained than they were, by the Wesleyan

body? I'm glad you love the ministry,

and if you know enough about medicine

to advise everybody to let it alone, you

will do great good in that direction,

as I trust I have done. Did you ever

read, what Sir Wm Hamilton has said

upon the subject of medicine? It is found


in Sir Wm Hamilton's Review of ^ John Thompson's

"Life Lectures and Writings of Wm Cullen

M.D." Edinburg Review of 1832. The pass-

age to which I refer is a foot note of much

significance, found in that article. Lest you

should not have it at hand, I will copy it.

"In Hoffman's dissertation on the "seven rules

of good health, the last, and most im-

portant of these is: "fly Doctors and Dr's

drugs, as you wish to be well." And

this precept, of that great physician

is inculcated by the most successful

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practitioners (or non practitioners) of

ancient and of modern times.

Celsus well expresses it, "Optima medi-

cina est no uti Medicinae." And I have

heard a most eminent physician candidly

confess, "That the best practice, was that which

did nothing, the next best, that which did

little." In truth medicine, in the hands

by which it is vulgarly dispensed, is a curse,

rather than a blessing, and the most intel-

ligent authorities of the profession, from

Hippocrates downwards agree that their

science in its practice, at best, is a

nuisance, and "Send physic to the

dogs."" This is the testimony of Sir Wm Hamilton

who was one of the greatest physicians, and decidedly

the greatest metaphysician in Europe. I hope

your dear father will not give himself up

to the tinkering of physicians. I have for

many years acted upon the views of Dr Jennings

both in my own person and family, and

find their truthfulness confirmed at every

step. God Bless You forevermore,

C. G. Finney.



This letter is not in the Finney Papers. In "Heartily Yours" the date has been transcribed incorrectly as 18th.

This sentence, as well as some further sections in the letter, has been enclosed in parentheses in pencil, probably by Stanley J. Moore to indicate to the publisher not to include them in the extracts to be published.

John Moore had published "The Heresies of Science" in The London Quarterly Review, Vol. 36 (July 1871), pp. 266-309.

Isaac Jennings' first book was Medical Reform: a treatise on man's physical being and disorders, embracing an outline of a theory of human life, and a theory of disease--its nature, cause and remedy (Oberlin: Fitch & Jennings, 1847). He subsequently wrote The philosophy of human life; with especial design to develop the true idea of disease published in Cleveland, Ohio, by Jewett, Proctor & Worthington in 1852; and The Tree of Life, or, Human degeneracy, its nature and remedy as based on the elevating principle of orthopathy, published in New York by Miller, Wood & Co., in 1867.


This section on Jennings was enclosed in parentheses by Stanley Moore. Although most of the rest of the letter is not enclosed in parentheses, it was not included in the extracts in "Heartily Yours".

Published first by James M. Fitch of Oberlin in 1848, as Guide to the Savior; or, Conditions of attaining to and abiding in entire holiness of heart and life, it contained the section from Finney's Lectures on Systematic Theology (1847), pp. 245-312.

According to his son, Charles G. Moore "had contemplated a medical career, but the call of God came early to his soul. Renouncing personal ambitions, he followed his father into the Wesleyan ministry, after a theological course at Didsbury College." ("Heartily Yours", p. 14).

The two following sentences were placed in parentheses by Samuel Moore.

The review was published in the Edinburgh Review, Vol. 55 (July 1832), pp. 461-79. It is not signed; and how Finney knew that it was written by Sir William Hamilton is not known.

This quotation does not appear in the article to which Finney refers, and it is not known where it comes from.

The previous section up to this point was not enclosed in parentheses, but was not included in the published version.

Two months later, Finney received an "In Memoriam" card announcing the death of John Moore on June 5, 1873.