Charles G. Finney, Letter to John P. Cushman, Troy, New York

Charles G. Finney, Letter to John P. Cushman, Troy, New York

Collection ID

PPR.005238

Type

Papers

Date

1828

Geography

United States

Language

English

Medium

Paper

Dimensions

9.75 × 7.75 in. (24.7 × 19.6 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in The Impact of the Bible, Bible in America


Charles Grandison Finney (1792–1875) is known by many today as the father of modern revivalism. A minister and social reformer, he became a leading figure in what would become known as the Second Great Awakening, popularizing controversial “new measures,” as critics described his tactics, that allowed him to conduct more effective revival services. Finney composed this letter on November 25, 1828, near the height of his evangelistic career, asking his friend John P. Cushman for help with his ministry. “O what a state the world is in after 1800 years,” he writes. “What are we all about? Brother C., what are you about? Souls are perishing.”

Composed in 1828 by Charles Grandison Finney, New York; Assumed in 1828 by John P. Cushman, Troy, New York. Purchased by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland;[1] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Christian Heritage Museum believes it purchased this letter from David Lachman, a collector in Pennsylvania, but could provide no further information.

description

Charles Grandison Finney (1792–1875) is known by many today as the father of modern revivalism. A minister and social reformer, he became a leading figure in what would become known as the Second Great Awakening, popularizing controversial “new measures,” as critics described his tactics, that allowed him to conduct more effective revival services. Finney composed this letter on November 25, 1828, near the height of his evangelistic career, asking his friend John P. Cushman for help with his ministry. “O what a state the world is in after 1800 years,” he writes. “What are we all about? Brother C., what are you about? Souls are perishing.”


provenance

Composed in 1828 by Charles Grandison Finney, New York; Assumed in 1828 by John P. Cushman, Troy, New York. Purchased by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland;[1] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Christian Heritage Museum believes it purchased this letter from David Lachman, a collector in Pennsylvania, but could provide no further information.


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