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Christina Van Raalte wrote her mother, Mrs. Albertus C. Van Raalte, congratulating her that her birthday was tomorrow, the 31st. She wished her "much blessing and that you will continue to be spared for us for a long time." She also enclosed a gift for her mother. Marinus Oggel told Christina that Rev. Pieter Oggel was returning to Holland. She also reported that she bought a book of music but the piano in the home where she boarded was not tuned. It is evident from her letter that the Van Raaltes had a piano in the family home.
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Van Raalte, Christina and Kennedy, Nella, "Christina Van Raalte Wrote Her Mother, Mrs. Albertus C. Van Raalte" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 158.