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An extract of a letter written by Rev. Giles Van de Wall to Rev. Jacob Van der Meulen was published in De Hope on this date. There was a cryptic note quoted here as follows: "I took from that that Dr. Van Raalte was sent out by the Classis to bring the astray sheep together in new Kolonies. Why are there no restful days given to the old man? Apparently this was a reference to the Amelia Colony. Van de Wall did not realize that Van Raalte wanted to do this as a missionary project. Van de Wall spoke about his ministry in South Africa. Van de Wall was a former teacher in the Holland Academy. The date of the letter was 26 May 1869.
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
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Van de Wall, Giles and Kennedy, Nella, "An Extract of a Letter Written by Rev. Giles Van De Wall to Rev. Jacob Van Der Meulen was Published in De Hope On This Date" (1869). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 514.