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A document which reads: "Albertus Christianus van Raalte, Candidate in theology, has been a member of the Hervormde Kerk for more than two years, and, as far as we know, has been without blemish in beliefs and lifestyle. He requested this attestation to help him before the Church Administration of the Province of __________. We beseech you to recognize our brother as such, and help him in his Christian journey. Leiden, 17 January 1835. In name of the Church Council of the Hervormde Church, Nanning Berkhout.




Leiden, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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.


The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Attestation of the Hervormde Kerk Church Council of Leiden for A. C. Van Raalte