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Albertus C. Van Raalte was happy to hear from Hendrik P. Scholte that Hendrik G. Klijn and Cornelius Vander Meulen were ready for their examinations. Van Raalte received a call from the Rotterdam congregation but does not wish to leave Ommen because of his students. Ds. Budding was around again and reference is made to the controversy over clergy dress. Van Raalte did not want to wear the prescribed dress of Afscheiding ministers, which were too priest-like.




Ommen, the Netherlands


In Dutch translation by Elisabeth Dekker.- retransl. Nella Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to Central College 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 Central College.


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 Central College.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Henrik P. Scholte