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Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote his children this letter which was published in De Hope June 14, 1866. He reported on his trip to the Netherlands and that they finally came to Kampen. They are staying with the Antonie Brummelkamps, Christina Van Raalte's sister and her husband. Another brother of Christina, Simon van Velzen, lives nearby as does her brother, the Rev. Carel de Moen. They met Professor Helenius de Cock and the Rev. van Gispen. Van Raalte has many preaching engagements lined up already: Amsterdam, Ommen, Utrecht, Zwolle, and Genemuiden. Mrs. Van Raalte seems to be better. Van Raalte is happy that he is living in America. He already encountered many people looking for work. "I praise the emigration movement and am glad that my children are at the other side of the ocean.....it is far better for a human being to live in America than to live in the old, densely populated countries."
Kampen, [the Netherlands]
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Kennedy, Simone; and Kennedy, Nella, "Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote His Children This Letter Which Was Published in De Hope June 14, 1866" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 364.