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There was a full report of a sermon that Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte had preached on I Samuel 14:1-15. It is assumed that the sermon was preached in the First Reformed Church or Pillar Church of which he was pastor. The victory at Gettysburg was a cause for great thanksgiving. He noted the surrender of Vicksburg. Van Raalte spent some time on the issue of slavery and showed how slavery in Old Testament times was quite different than slavery in America. Slavery was a "godless, cursed institution."
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Douma, Michael; and Kennedy, Nella, "There Was a Full Report of a Sermon That Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Had Preached on I Samuel 14:1-15 Published in De Grondwet" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 184.