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Julia G. Gilmore wrote to her parents and brothers in Fairview, Illinois, that she had arrived in Amelia to join William and Christine Van Raalte Gilmore who live there. She had met Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and his daughter, Mary, in Chicago, who accompanied her to Amelia. It is not clear if Father Van Raalte accompanied the young ladies to Virginia. Apparently Clark Gilmore, her brother, is also in Amelia. Julia commented that she saw so many people of "dark color."




Amelia, Virginia


Description of the document and reference to Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin.

Julia G. Gilmore Wrote to Her Parents and Brothers in Fairview, Illinois, That She Had Arrived in Amelia to Join William and Christine Van Raalte Gilmore Who Live There.