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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps about fund raising efforts for the Academy. It was very difficult. "...New York is full of beggars." He mentions his visit with Schieffelin.
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Van Raalte, A. C., "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 147.