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Christina Van Raalte wrote her mother that she did not have another toothache. She has had extensive dental work done. She also reported that she is not yet allowed to cut fabric. That will happen after she has been on the job for four months. She is praised by the shop owner for her fine sewing skills. She receives a letter from her brother, Dirk, every Thursday. He is serving in the Union Army.
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Van Raalte, Christina and Kennedy, Nella, "Christina Wrote a Song to Her Mother" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 141.