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A letter of J. B Sondag "written on request to a brother in the Lord in Ostfriesland,...while imprisoned in he castle of Bentheim. "Zondag said he is in prison because he was preaching the word. He speaks about Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's emigration to America of which he did not approve. "Millions of emigrants who left Europe for America were not the best of citizens here." He has read Van Raalte's pamphlet on emigration. He also met Van Raalte and is very critical of him. Sondag apparently liked Scholte more because he sticks to the Canons of Dort. "Van Raalte lost most of this money in a tile factory and his last church in Arnheim [sic] was only able to pay half of his salary."
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Sondag, J. B.; Kennedy, Nella; and Kennedy, Simone, "Letter from J. B. Sondag to "A Brother in the Lord in Ostfriesland"" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 126.