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On this date, a pastoral letter written by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte on 18 March was published in De Hollander. V.R. reported on the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting which was then taking place at the Fulton St. Dutch Reformed Church in Manhattan. He reported that while being in New York from where this letter is sent that he often visited these gatherings "and they are very refreshing to me." V.R. described the rules which governed the meetings such as no meeting would be more than an hour in length. The meetings are very well attended. Apparently the money crisis in the country at that time led to the development of these prayer meetings. There is also a message from the Holland Township Clerk, C. Doesburg, in this issue dated 10 March concerning the borrowing of money for the construction of the Holland Harbor.
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Van Raalte, Albertus C. and ten Hoor, Henry, "Letter Written by Albertus C. Van Raalte Published in De Hollander" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 35.