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A.C.V.R. is staying with his son-in-law and daughter, the William Gilmores, who are serving the RCA church in Spring Lake. He writes his son, D.B.K., that "today is mother's birthday,. .Sometimes the thought of my approaching departure gives me a quiet, joyous feeling: that complete release from sin and a perfect sphere of activity, what a soul stirring thought." A.C.V.R. speaks of his health since he continues to suffer from a cold. He also reports that he is writing sermons; the current one is on the hidden council of God regarding election.
Spring Lake, Illinois
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Van Raalte, A. C., "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to D. B. K. His Son" (1874). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 188.