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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote a long letter on this date [although the final number is not too clear] to his brother-in-law and wife in the Netherlands, Rev. and Mrs. Anthony Brummelkamp. V.R. is very open with his brother-in-law who is also his personal friend. V.R. reported that a young man by the name of [John H.] Karsten is interested in doing missionary work. V.R. would like to know more about David Livingstone's missionary endeavors in Africa. Would Brummelkamp send him such information? V.R. reports on many matters including the health of Pieter J. Oggel and that Mrs. Van Raalte is cleaning house! V.R.'s letters to Brummelkamp are valuable because V.R. opens his heart to this friend as almost to no one else.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Nella, "Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote a Long Letter to His Brother-in-Law and Wife in the Netherlands, Rev. and Mrs. Anthony Brummelkamp" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 172.