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Brandt, Gerard / Letters, 1850-1860 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, Milwaukee Small Collection 47 Box 1 ([unpublished])

Town Holland January 10 1851 [Translation],   pp. 1-3 PDF (1.3 MB)

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Letter 3, page 1, translation
   t0wn Holland  January 10 1851          Dear Brothers and Sisters
Good tidings from far lands are as cold water to a weary soul says    1
Salomon in his book of Proverbs chap 25 v 25   I hope now to tell a thing
or two   2
about myself and my family and also in general  but I wish to write truth
and then you yourselves can judge  when we had put to sea from ellevoet August
12 1848  4
we had gone 9 days  then in the night a violent wind arose so that the chests
began to fly about pell-mell and some people were crying  others were very
busy   6
gathering their stuff together  others were praying and others singing  of
whom our  7
minister was one  but he was the only one and was having a blessed experience
he told  8
me later   I on the contrary was very anxious [fearing] that we would perish
the second night following I was lying in bed quietly thinking and then my
mind   10
became fixed on the words to be read in the prophesy of Isaiah chap 63 v
9##  from this  11
I gained a special strength for my heart  yet I could not recall    12
where the words are found  in the morning when the minister had finished
the devotions as he 13
had done during the whole voyage morning and evening I asked him where  
these words were found  he told me at once and that chapter he then from
day to day  15
explained  which I regarded as one of the greatest benefits     16
I was enjoying and as I had previously been in the grip of fears that we
would all perish 17
so now and later I might believe that we would complete the journey  and
so    18
that fear left me   throughout the 45 days of our voyage I was     19
unusually weak  my wife on the contrary strong as also our two     20
smallest sons   the others were better than I was but not much   after the
45th day  21
having arrived at New York we stayed there 3 days      22
with A benjaminse  if I should have to tell you what we saw and heard there
I would fill the letter more than full with it  yet some of it I want to
tell about  first of all it [New York] is surrounded by a river and this
along its banks 25
is entirely filled with ships and steamboars which is an unusually pretty
sight   26
and on the opposite side of the river are hills and valleys everywhere inhabited
the streets in the city are 5 rods wide and on the sides in front of the
houses on  28
both sides for walking are 9 or 10 feet [reserved]   in many stores one finds
a faucet on 29
the bench and if one turns the faucet clear water gushes out  one finds these
also  30
at many street corners from which water flows all the time   on one side
of the   31
city we saw a playing fountain that was in an earthen stone basin    32
3 rods in circumference  there the water constantly boils up  understand
of course not hot 33
as we were going about the city I said to Benjaminse that in rotterdam  
I had not seen such large stores  he told me and his wife [did] to that 
there were some indeed many that were as long as the      36
promenade church in Goes  I said I did not believe it and then he took me
to them  37
then I was convinced the butchers hall in the west part of the city is  
4 acres in extent   I close about New York  after our stay we     39
[##"In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the Angel of his
saved them: ]
[   in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried
them all]
[   the days of old"         ]

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