Letter from Samuel Esselinkpas to William O Van Eyck

Letter by Samuel Esselinkpas of Holland, MI to William O Van Eyck telling the story of how his father survived the Phoenix disaster on Lake Michigan on November 21, 1847.

 

The letter tells how his father travelled with his brother and his family, none of whom survived. It also tells the story about the family of the writer's mother's sister and how her nephews were not on the ship.

 

This letter is part of the William O Van Eyck Collection.

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Taken on March 9, 2009