Julia Gilmore



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In this letter, Julia Gilmore wrote her brother, Darius Gilmore of Fairview, Illinois, that she has promised to marry Ben Van Raalte and will be going to Michigan to live. She will not be going until fall because Ben is building a new home for them. She also reported that Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote her a "real nice letter." [Van Raalte's letter is dated 15 January and the original is located in the Van Raalte collection of the Holland Historical Trust in the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College.]




Amelia Court House, Virgina


Description of the document and reference to Cindy Van Orsdal Merwinby Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin.

Julia Gilmore Wrote Her Brother, Darius Gilmore