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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote a lengthy letter of an autobiographical nature to his nephew, Simon van Velzen, Jr. in which he speaks very openly about his sorrow for not being admitted to the ministry in the Reformed orHervormde Kerk of the Netherlands in which his father had ministered his entire life. "I myself hate it that I can no longer enter the pulpits of my father, to have become a disgrace to my still-living mother and for my family." The letter gives great insight into Van Raalte's thinking at this time in his life. The letter was published in the 1863 edition of Compleete uitgave van de officieele stukken betreffende den uitgang uit het Nederl. Hen,. Kerkgenootschap van de Leeraren H. P. Scholte, A. Brummelkamp, S. van Velzen, G. F. Gezelle Meerburgen Dr. A. C. van Raalte, Kampen, 1884, pp. 531-545.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Nella, "Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote a Lengthy Letter of an Autobiographical Nature to His Nephew, Simon van Velzen, Jr." (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 550.