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In a lengthy letter (of ten pages in translation) to his brother-in-law and wife, Rev. and C. G. de Moen, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte reports on the Van Raalte family and on his work. He wrote the letter in stages because he felt so weary from all his duties. He reported that he preaches three times a week and catechises every Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Business matters also take up much time. The two oldest sons are farming. The Van Raaltes have several people to help with housework. Mrs. Van Raalte seems to be doing better than he is. V.R. is also trying to float a loan from a person in the Netherlands for the Holland harbor. The revival of 1857 which emanates form the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting in New York is sweeping the country, which gratifies V.R. very much. Rev. Pieter Oggel is doing well in Grand Haven and may be called to Pella, Iowa. V.R. just preached in Grand Haven and was now very tired from riding home on his horse the twenty five miles from Grand Haven. The letter reveals much about Van Raalte.
Holland, Ottawa, Mich[igan]
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Brother in Law Rev. de Moen and His Wife" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 47.