Julia Gilmore



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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


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 Wrote Her Brother, Darius Gilmore