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A letter of the Rev. Adrian Zwemer to his family in Zeeland Province, the Netherlands, reporting on his family's life in America. It is a very full letter of interesting comments such as comments about his education in the Holland Academy where he studied for two and one half years in preparation for the ministry. Upon the advice of Van Raalte, he got a dispensation from studying at the seminary and was ordained by the Holland Classis. He then gives his view of the secession of 1857. Rev. Klijn realized he made a mistake in joining the secession. There is a small secessionist group in Vriesland who do nothing but quarrel. The Vriesland church called him and he was ordained on April 18, 1858. He gives a description of Vriesland and its people. He also writes about the Classis and its work. When the Classis met in Milwaukee, he met David Lankester who traveled to America on the same ship he did. He met other Zeeland people in Wisconsin. He also gives a brief overview of the Reformed Church in America. Life in Vriesland is interesting. There are still wolves and bears around.
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Zwemer, Adrian and Boonstra, Harry, "Letter from Adrian Zwemer to His Family in the Netherlands" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 127.