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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his son-in-law, the Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, which was published in De Hope on October 23, reporting on his visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Racine, Wisconsin, Fulton, Illinois, and Forestville, Minnesota. He said that a number of people from Muskegon had settled in Fulton, Illinois, and were now petitioning the Classis of Wisconsin to organize as a congregation. V.R. had preached for this group which is building a sanctuary. The group in Forestville was mainly a group that left Waupun, Wisconsin. An elder of the group was a Mannes Mensink. V.R. gives the readers a full description of this community as well as the Fulton one. Van Raalte adds: "There is no better way for me to spend my last days encouraging this divine, wise and blessed gift of congregations." [He is now 55 years old!]
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Simone, "A Letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Son-in-Law, the Rev. Pieter J. Oggel Published in De Hope" (1867). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 441.