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To Julia Finney

5 December 1850

[Ms in Finney Papers, Supplement #33. Julia Finney often underlined the date on each of the letters she received from her father, and she also underlined the names of some of the people or places, or made other marks or comments in the margin.]

Tabernacle House. Finsbury

London 5. Dec.1850

My Dear Daughter Julia.

I have had so much to do

& so many letters to write since

I came to England, that I have of

necessity left the correspondence with

our daughters pretty much to

your mother. For some time past

I have been saying I too must

write to Julia & Ange. To night

your dear Mother is not well & is

lying down & I take my pen

before meeting to write you a line.

Your Ma has told you about our

pleasant excursion to France, of

our return to Houghton. From

thence to Worcester. On Saturday

last we came again to the great

metropolis & are now occupying

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the same rooms in which we

spent the summer. I have prea

ched but 3 sermons since my

return. The work of the Lord still

goes on powerfully in this city

& is extending to different parts

of the city. Your mother has been

very well until within a few days

she is complaining some. And

how are you getting along now.

I suppose you are happy to see

Helen Dolson & the children & that

you see them as often as you can

consistently with going on with your

studies. We hope you & Ange will

now press on in study as fast as you

can consistently with health. We hear

very favorably from you from your Uncle

& Aunt & from Helen &c. This gives

us great joy. We had a letter from

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Charles a few days since. He is well

but as you may well suppose very

lonely. He lives in the house alone

& none of his relatives are at O.

He says the President's House & ours

being vacant makes the Vilage look

lonely, & that the people are very an

xious for my return. We have not

heard from Norton since in the

summer & feel as if it was a

long time. We hear from Hobart &

Jemmy with great regularity, once

in two weeks. Julia. My Dear

child I suppose you have seen

a great many new things since

we left you & so have we many

more than we can tell you on

paper. If we ever meet we can

tell you many curious things.

And how do you get along with

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music? & which of you makes

the most progress? And what is

more important which of you

is the best girl? Which of you

grows most rapidly & which

can walk, & run, & swim the

longest, the most gracefully, & the

fastest? I suppose you take a

good deal of exercise in the

open air. Have you ever been to

Mr. Tappans. To Mr. Barneys. to

Mr Whipples. to Dr. Brown or to

Samuel Cochran's. I suppose you

would hardly have known little

Willie. And do you live near

to God? I hope you will not un

gratefully neglect the savior when

he is surrounding you with so many

blessings. Will you not write to me

& answer these questions & write

whatever else you think of. Your Dear

ma Unites in much love to you C. G.Finney

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