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Since Christina, the daughter of Rev. Albertus and Christina Van Raalte, was working in Kalamazoo at this time, it is assumed that this fragmentary letter is from her. The content of the letter is similar to previous ones in that she had not received letters from her brothers who were in the Union Army. Christina has been busy in the dress shop and plans to stay until she learns the trade.
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 and Kenendy, Nella, "Letter from Christina to Her Parents A. C. and Christina Van Raalte" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 152.