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In a lengthy letter, the Mayor of Ommen wrote to the Governor of the Province about the situation in Ommen. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte had been sent to Deventer by the local Justice of the Peace. Van Raalte had conducted services in a home contrary to the law. The Mayor gave a good description of the dislike that the many people in Ommen had for the Seceders.




Ommen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translated by Nella Kennedy, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to the Gemeentearchief, Ommen 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 Gemeentearchief, Ommen.


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 the Gemeentearchief, Ommen.

Letter from the Mayor of Ommen to the Governor of the Province