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In a letter to his mother, Mrs. Albertus C. Van Raalte, her son, Ben, wrote that he was happy to learn that his father was getting better. However, he is very hurt that a rumour was going around that he did not shoot at the rebels and accuses Doesburg of the rumour. He witnessed a negro auction. Dirk is fine. He hopes to get more letters. Since he could not finish the letter on the 9th, he finished it on the 10th.
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Van Raalte, Ben; Jalving, Clarence; and Kennedy, Nella, "Ben Van Raalte Wrote a Letter to His Mother" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 164.