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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. John H. Karsten, pastor of the Alto Reformed Church, Waupun, Wisconsin, concerning several matters. V.R. presses Karsten to have his people contribute to the Ebenezer fund. Parenthetically he informs Karsten that he fell from a platform and hurt his knee. While laid up, the anniversary committee [?] asked him to formulate a statement which will go on a memorial plate for the monument to be erected presumably. V.R., full of advice as usual, suggests that they have to "make good use of our time, we should not let our people doze off to sleep, we should not keep good work and correcting influence away from them. We have to form public opinion—in these matters we should lead them, not the other way around."
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Simone, "A Letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. John H. Karsten" (1873). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 179.