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A letter of Cornelis van Malsen to his family and relatives, telling them about the safe arrival in America. The ocean trip took thirty-three days, a fact which his sister had not related. When they left Vlissingen on May 4, "We estimated that about a thousand emigrants left Vlissingen with us." p. 39. They arrived in New York June 6. They reached Holland June 26. As for finding work, "Yesterday we sent a group of laborers and servant girls to the little city of Kalamazoo and there they were received with open arms." p. 42. He adds, "Rev. Van Raalte has much courage. I am happy that I can be of service to him." p. 44. The letter is full of information about the trip and exudes the fervent piety of the writer.
Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan
Reprinted from "America" Letters From Holland, edited by John Yzenbaard, which appeared in Michigan History, a publication of the Historical Society of Michigan, Vol. 32 No. 1, March 1948. hsmichigan.org
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van Malsen, Cornelius, "Letter from Cornelis van Malsen to His Family and Relatives" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 138.