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In his letter to Rev. John H. Karsten and wife of Alto, Wisconsin, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte is expressing his appreciation for the letter of sympathy which he received from the Karstens following the death of Mrs. Christina de Moen Van Raalte who died on 30 June. Van Raalte is deeply grieved in the loss of his dear wife who suffered greatly during the last six months of her life. The letter reflects Van Raalte's Reformed piety clearly.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Bruins, Elton J.; and ten Hoor, Henry, "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Rev. John H. Karsten and Wife" (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 58.