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A letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Julia G. Gilmore, his future daughter-in-law. He states his joy that she is to become a member of the family. Mrs. Van Raalte thinks highly of her as well. Possibly, V.R. had just heard that she and his son, Ben, were to be married. They were married on November 27. V.R. begins the letter as follows: "Though I am just overcrowded with meetings etc. etc. and I hate to write you in such a hurry, yet this morning is a joyous moment for me, and I want to express my joy in the prospect of possessing you as my daughter, and [sic] well as the wife of my dear beloved son Ben." Julia was born in Fairview, Illinois, and was a sister of William B. Gilmore, who was married to Christine Van Raalte.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Heeg, Erica D., "A Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Julia G. Gilmore" (1872). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 107.