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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote this letter to his son, Dirk, who is serving in the Civil War and working in a hospital. The letter does not indicate where Dirk is stationed. Van Raalte advises his son to observe the patients carefully and to learn as much as he can about illnesses and medicine as Van Raalte himself has done. Van Raalte says, "You know that I am sort of a half-doctor and therefore can give you good counsel."
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, A. C. and Kennedy, Nella, "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Dirk Van Raalte" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 129.