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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. H. J. Budding, in which A.C.V.R. encourages Budding to pay the heavy fines assessed against him and get out of prison. V.R. would have spent time in prison also one time but thought it best to pay the fine so that his service to his congregation could continue. A.C.V.R. also chides Budding for not trying to get along with the Rev. Hendrik P. Scholte. Possibly Budding did not like the additions Scholte made to the Dordt Church Order, a church order which caused considerable differences of opinion among the Separated congregations. V.R. indicates that there is a self destructive attitude in many of the Separated people which damages the life of the church. They have always been a problem and when they leave the church there is a better chance for peace and unity. This is an important letter of V.R. which shows his thinking clearly at that time of his life.




Genemuiden, the Netherlands


The translation is by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

Description of the document by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


This letter to Budding is no. 53 in H. J. Budding. Leven en Arbeid by Dr. J. H. Gunning J. Hz., Rhenen: W. J. Van Nas, 1909, pp. 575-579.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Rev. H. J. Budding