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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Rev. David Demarest, pastor of the Second Reformed Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in which he profusely thanks the women of the Second Reformed Church for the two boxes of clothing which they sent. The letter was published in The Christian Intelligencer onThursday, August 12, 1852. The clothing arrived in good order. Van Raalte said that he called in the pastors of the Holland Colony and their wives who assisted him in the distribution of the articles of clothing for the most needy of the various congregations. In V.R.'s remarks, he said, "The first years of a new settlement are hard, above all in getting clothing; and above this, the failure of the last crops did bring on hard times; therefore we rejoice in the fatherly care of God's providence, and are appreciating very much those gifts.
Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan
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Van Raalte, A. C., "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to David Demarest Published in the Christian Intelligencer" (1852). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 234.