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A rare letter written by Mrs. Christina Johanna Van Raalte to her sons Ben and Dirk in Kalamazoo who have enlisted in the army and are currently stationed in Kalamazoo. She asks Dirk if he needed shirts. She makes a reference to a band of Indians in the vicinity who are feared to have "evil in mind." She hopes that son Albertus will make inquiry about them. Jan Oggel plans to be in Kalamazoo soon and they may likely see him. She hopes that they got the "goodies" she sent along with a Willem [Visscher?] for them. In conclusion she admonishes them to "seek God, seek deliverance for that never ending eternity, pray much." She signs as "loving mother."
The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.
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Van Raalte, Christina Johanna and Kennedy, Nella, "Letter from Mrs. Christina Johanna Van Raalte to Her Sons Ben and Dirk" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 128.