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A letter of A.C.V.R. to his son, D.B.K., about his stay with a family in a sod house on the prairie. He has preached two Sundays now and installed a consistory. He also refers to his daughter-in-law, Helena, widow of his eldest son, Albertus, who is deceased and her children. Apparently A.C.V.R. and the family are supporting Helena and the grandchildren due to the mysterious disappearance or death of Albertus [jr.l. A.C.V.R. gives a full report on farming conditions in Kansas and the pioneering life.[As yet, I can find no information about the sudden disappearance of son, Albertus.]
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Van Raalte, A. C., "A Letter of A. C. V. R. to His Son, D. B. K." (1874). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 217.