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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his wife, Christina de Moen Van Raalte, saying, "I completed the business in Hellendoorn on Saturday and on Saturday, moreover, I rode to Ommen. I preached in the vicinity of Ommen on Sunday and on Monday. We saw neither the mayor nor the policeman. On Tuesday we walked fifteen minutes farther to a place which is under the authority of another mayor. We did this because the authorities in Ommen were looking for us, and thus they searched for us in vain." p. 25. He then went on to Stegeren for a Classis meeting "because some seeds of dissension had been sown in the congregations as a result of which some people were led astray in part due to ignorance,...", p. 25 He then says to Christina he understands why things like this"often weight heavily upon you." He is traveling all week but hopes to be home by Friday. He traveled by horse and buggy but had to leave the buggy behind due to the high waters of the river Vegt.




Post mark, Zwolle, the Netherlands


Published in Dutch and English by Leonard Sweetman, in From Heart to Heart Letters from the Rev. Albertus Christiaan Van Raalte to His Wife, Christina Johanna Van Raalte-de Moen, 1836-1847, Heritage Hall Publications, Heritage Hall Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1997, pp. 25-26, 62-64.

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.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Christina de Moen Van Raalte