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A brief poem is addressed to "Dear Pastor (Leraar)." There is no indication who the Pastor is, but the document is found in the Van Raalte Collection at Calvin College. Apparently the signers are students in a class which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte or someone close to the family taught. The names of the students are appended as well as the date. The students are: J. Wakker, J. Kroes, N. Kanters, A. Phanstiehl, L. Binnekant, R. Struik, G. Wakker, and K. Plugger, all familiar Holland names of that period.
The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.
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Wakker, J.; Kroes, J.; Kanters, N.; Pfanstiehle, A.; Binnekant, L.; Struik, R.; Wakker, G.; Plugger, K.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "Poem to "Dear Pastor Leraar"" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 190.