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Julia wrote her brother, Darius Gilmore, that Ben Van Raalte had been visiting her in Amelia and hence, she had not written sooner. She asked Darius, "What do you think of my choice?" She hopes to be married at her parents' home in Fairview, Illinois, than in Amelia at the home of her brother and his wife. She also said that Ben was very angry when he was in Amelia because he was unhappy with Julia's situation there. If he had the money to rent a home in Holland, he would have taken Julia with him. Julia needs clothes badly but has no money at all. She works for her board and room. She again refers to the letter Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote her saying, "Dr. Van Raalte wrote me a splendid letter approving the choice of his son and acknowledging me as a daughter. I tell you it made me feel real good." In a postscript, Julia seems to indicate that the Gilmores did not treat her well.
Amelia Court House, Virgina
In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.
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Gilmore, Julia, "Julia Wrote Her Brother, Darius Gilmore" (1872). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 112.