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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, a prominent minister in the Reformed Church in America, graduate of the Holland Academy, Rutgers College, and the Theological Seminary at New Brunswick, New Jersey, in which Van Raalte discusses several issues with Karsten. One is concerning a check from the Alto Church which was made payable to the General Synod rather than the Treasurer of Hope College. There is also an issue in the Classis of Wisconsin concerning the education of older men who wish to enter the ministry. Should their course of study be shortened? [Check the minutes of the Classis of Wisconsin of that year to determine the exact nature of that discussion.] Another issue is the apparent desire of the Classis of Wisconsin to train ministers in the Dutch language because they will be serving the Dutch immigrant congregations. V.R. responds: "The administrators should realize that the transition to English will soon happen among our young people, and if we are unable to train ministers who can preach sound sermons in English—especially the American towns—the young will quickly lose their respect for our ministers." V.R. who knew Karsten well, signs his letter as Brother A. C. Van Raalte and adds the postscript, "My wife's health has not improved. It is a lengthy and wasting suffering..."
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kenendy, Simone, "A Letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. John H. Karsten" (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 26.