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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Andries N. Wormser of Amsterdam, about Michigan's weather. One day there is deep snow and the next, a soft wind will melt it all. V.R. also heard about the disaster on Lake Michigan when the steamship, the Phoenix, burned with great loss of life. Many immigrants from Varseveld and Winterswijk were on board. Van Raalte has had much trial of soul but he writes: "Oh may He now plant this people to the praise of His name, and grant us knowledge and godliness in providing for our material needs."
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Van Raalte, Albertus C. and Lagerwey, Walter, "Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Andries N. Wormser" (1848). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 184.