Letter # 17 - This double letter is from Janís sister Marchien and her husband, Detmer Dekker. They are at sea, writing from a place called Inver Gorden. Living at sea, one wonders how they got mail.

 

InverGorden,  November 1873

To Jan G. Rubingh and Wife,

Dear Brother and Sister and child, through the goodness of the Lord we find ourselves in a reasonably good state of health and our heartfelt wish is that you may receive these our letters in the best of health. Were it otherwise, it would cause us deep distress. We had a letter from Wildervank, but it was well over a month old. They were all together in good health but we saw to our sorrow that you all had been ill, but noticed also that you all were recovering, which made us very glad.

Yes, dear Brother and Sister, our Mother, and we also, had concerns about you because last spring you wrote Dominee Kuiper that you had ÖÖ and so now all our people are greatly concerned about us, because here we have again had much unrest, so that certainly much unhappiness will have occurred.

We have been on a very long voyage from St. Petersburg to here of 72 days. We were also in Norway for five weeks of that time. Not everything here is as we would like, for now it is so late in time and here yet veryÖ..in Scotland. That is not very pleasant, but what shall we say - the Lord is in all his work. We have forfeited blessings which we still enjoy above so many who exchanged the eternal for the temporal.

We read in Motherís letter that Wieger Pekelder and his wife Jan Kemper have died. I do believe that both of them have entered into eternal rest. You must write us once how it goes with your little Mettje because she is just a little older than our Elziena. She is a very alert child. She does not get seasick at all. If Iím not up and about, then she just works along in the deckhouse. Our Mettiena has room and board with Mother. Sometimes I wish for that, too, namely whenever for more than a week we have no news from home. The most recent letter was October 8. She was starting to walk. Now weíre expecting a letter in a few days from home. Our Nellie (Alieda?) is also a very sharp child. On the 24th of this month she will be five months. Our Hendrik and Griet are both well. Now, dear Brother and Sister and child, having wished for you the Lordís blessing for both soul and body, we are your loving Brother and Sister,

D. B. Dekker

M. G. Rubingh


 

Invergorden, 26 November, 1873

To Jan G. Rubingh and Wife,

At P.O. Ferrisburg

Dear Brother and Sister and child, Through the goodness of the Lord we find ourselves in reasonably good health and our heartfelt wish is that you together may also dwell in the same privilege. If it were otherwise it would make us sad. Mother wrote us that all three of you were sick, but when you wrote the letter you were all somewhat better. Our wish is that you now are completely recovered and that you may receive this letter in the best of health, and that the Lord may protect you from further illness and that the Lord may bless you with temporal and spiritual blessings.

It would be so pleasant if we could talk to each other, but the way just isnít open for that. A couple of days ago we received a letter from both our mothers. They were then in Wildervank and were all healthy as far as the family is concerned, but Tjakke Schuringa after much suffering died.

We can tell you that we are ready, with the ballast in, and if the Lord wills and we live, we plan today to go to sea in order to leave here enroute to Koolhaven, then Newcastyle and the Firth of Forth in order to take on a load of coal for Groningen if it goes according to plan. But Man proposes his plan and the Lord directs his ways. We so often are frustrated in our plans.

My wife and our children are all well. Now, dear Brother and Sister and child, we donít have any further details to write. Do write us back soon in Wildervank. Kiss your dear Mettje for us. Now, dear Brother and Sister, having wished for you the indispensable blessing of the Lord for both soul and body, we send you our best greetings as your loving Brother and Sister.

D. B. Dekker

M. G. Rubingh


 

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