Letter # 4 - Janís sister Grietje and her husband operate a barge on the canals of Holland. Their sister Margien and husband Detmer operate an ocean freighter. Apparently Jan and Jaantje have been quite ill.


Wildervank, September 8, 1870

Dearest Brother and Sister,

We received your letter in good health and from it learned that you both had been ill, and that gave us inward pain. We still want so much to see you in good health as long as we are still here on earth. O dearest Brother and Sister, may the Lord show us the way to that end. Here there are so many difficulties in this world.

Perhaps our brother Detmer and Margien are at sea and the weather here is rather stormy. The wife of Jan Pekelder died and last week Klara de Lese also died suddenly.

Other than that I have no news; I hope that the Lord may give you swift healing. We also understood from your letter that Hendrik de Ruiter arrived in good health.

Now dear Brother, receive my hearty greetings; greet your whole family; greet H. de Ruiter. And again a thousand greetings from me, your loving sister,

Grietje G. Rubingh

I hope that you may receive this letter in good health. Write soon.