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Extract of a petition to the mayor of Genemuiden, the Netherlands, asking permission for the Separatists to hold services four times a day on Sunday. The name of Albertus C. Van Raalte heads the list. The petition is signed by seventy-one men and women. Names of the petitioners include Geesje vander Haar, Abraham Bruins, several van Dijks, Coenraad Barends Bosman, Geertje Kanis, Lucas Brouwer, Jacob vander Sluis, Harm vander Haar and several other vander Haars, and right after Van Raalte's name is that of his wife "C. J. Van Raalte geb: de Moen." The handwriting is not that of A.C.V.R.; yet it is of the quality of his when he writes at his best.




Genemuiden, Overijssel Province, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to the Historisch Centrum Overijssel 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 Historisch Centrum Overijssel.


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 Historisch Centrum Overijssel.

Extract of a Petition to the Mayor of Genemuiden