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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps, reporting that he did offer to the Classis to go to Africa. "Nobody could deny the flood of slander, suspicions and opposition constantly going on, but they did refuse to send me. The proposal did cause a great commotion." The foundations of the house for Van der Wall were being laid (later called the Oggel house). Things are not going well in the Grand Rapids church.
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Van Raalte, A. C., "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 17.