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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps: "My plan of visiting the Netherlands was given up because I am by high prices, horrible taxes, drainage etc exhausted. Your letter containing that very kind offer of Brother Schieffelin and his Brother and the encouraging hope to raise the gift to $500 has changed the Whole. Now the Lord opens the way I do accept that offer very thankful: I crave such a change for Mrs. Van Raalte, it may restore her to certain measure." He hopes to leave the second week of April.
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Van Raalte, A. C., "A Letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 327.