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In a letter to Helena (Mrs. Albertus) Van Raalte, Christina Van Raalte wrote her sister-in-law that she hoped to receive a letter from her. Christina made a small present for little Anna She asked about Allie and Chrissie. She asked Helena to kiss brother Bertus and the children for her. Christina signed her letter as "Chrissie" because "that's what I am called here." [By this time, Albertus and Helena Hoffinan had three children. They had married in early 1859. Little Albertus was born 12 December 1859, Christine was born 8 June 1861, and Anna Helena was born 9 September 1862.]
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Van Raalte, Christina and Kennedy, Nella, "Letter from Christina Van Raalte to Helena Van Raalte" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 151.