Stampless Cover Dated June 29, 1829 Addressed to Lidia (sic) Finney, Wife of Charles G. Finney

By: Neal, Rev. B.T.

Price: $100.00

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Stampless cover measuring 26cm x 21cm (opened). 14.5cm x 9.5 cm (closed). Inscription identifying the sender as B.T. Neal (may be a signature) and the date of the letter being June 29, 1829. Manuscript frank of 18 1 2 cents by the postmaster. Addressed on the cover to Lidia (sic) Finney in Whitesborough (sic), NY. Lydia Finney was the wife of Charles Finney, the famous revivalist. They were married in 1824. At the time of this letter, Charles was laboring in Philadelphia and he states in his autobiography, "About midsummer of 1829, I left for a short time and visited my wife's parents in Oneida County [N.B. Lydia was staying with them in his absence]. I do not recollect exact dates, but think that in all, I labored in Philadelphia about a year and a half" (p. 228 in the .pdf version). According to Robert S. Fletcher's "Letters and Papers of Charles Grandison Finney in the Oberlin College Library: A Calendar and Index", B.T. Neal wrote three letters (#363, #364 and #386) to Finney in the spring of 1829 from Philadelphia, when Finney was in Reading, PA. The postmark is in brownish ink and reads (faintly) "PHIL 29 JUN". When compared with other Philadelphia postmarks from 1829, this is a match. Interestingly, and perhaps instructively, Neal is never mentioned in Finney's autobiography. According to Fletcher, there was a letter in Finney's correspondence (August 15, 1826) which, "Questions the wiseness of Finney's staying with Mr. Neal in Philadelphia. Possibility that this would prejudice some against him" (letter #312). This bookseller is not sure why this would be. All that can be discovered about Neal is that he frequently contributed to the American Tract Society, the American Sunday School Union, and that he is listed in other missionary endeavors. Lydia Finney was indeed in Whitesboro, staying with her parents as she did since their marriage (see Finney's Autobiography, page 193, .pdf version). Condition: holes at the folds. Top "flap" of the folded cover repaired with archival quality tape. Remnants of wax seal to the verso. Smudge to the top edge of the recto (closed). No contents. An interesting ephemeral piece from an early stage of Finney's career, about seven years before his influential book, "Lectures on Revivals of Religion" (1835). Lydia never had the life of a normal minister's wife. Immediately after they were married, Charles went looking for a house in Evans Mills, NY and did not return for six months because of the revival meetings that started while he was traveling. Perhaps Neal wrote Lydia as to the latest news of the revival in Philadelphia. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall

Title: Stampless Cover Dated June 29, 1829 Addressed to Lidia (sic) Finney, Wife of Charles G. Finney

Author Name: Neal, Rev. B.T.

Categories: Ephemera, Church History, New York State, Evangelism,

Publisher: Philadelphia, 1829

Binding: Stampless Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 018893