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In this letter from Jacob O. Doesburg to Christian Vander Veen who currently is a student in the New Brunswick Seminary studying for the ministry, he is writing about political issues in Holland. He mentions Henry Post, John Roost, Hendrik P. Scholte, Philip Phelps Jr., Giles Vande Wall, and also a reference to an Oggel, whom we assume, is Pieter J. Oggel, a former pastor in the First Reformed Church of Grand Haven who this year moved to Pella, Iowa, to serve as pastor of the First Reformed Church there. Doesburg also refers to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte in a negative manner: "...His Ex[cellency] Van Raalte wants to force [the Americans who plan to form Hope Reformed Church] to become Dutch Reformed His preaching is very dull nowadays; it is as if he wants rather something else to do, Land-Speculator for instance;...
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Doesburg, Jacob O., "Letter from Jacob O. Doesburg to Christian Vander Veen" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 56.