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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote to Philip Phelps shortly after the Holland Fire of October 8 and 9. Van Raalte is on another fund raising tour for Hope College. "I suppose you perceive that my resources are cut off for the present: I must provide in some way for my family. I must in some way provide for my taxes. - and yet I am at a loss what to do." A.C.V.R. is thinking about getting a bank chartered in Holland and "...procure a refuge against sharpers in Holland." Later he says, "I must go ahead or give up."
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Van Raalte, A. C., "Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote to Philip Phelps Shortly After the Holland Fire of October 8 and 9." (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 70.