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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."
In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.
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Gilmore, Julia G., "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." (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 59.