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A letter by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to "His Excellency the Governor of the Province of Overijssel." A request to the governor of Overijssel whether it would be advisable to send another request to the king (William 1) to grant the free exercise of religion for the Afgescheidenen in Zwolle and Genemuiden. A.C.V.R.'s request is especially apropos, for the church buildings in these towns are almost completed, and he fears that unless free exercise is granted he and his parishioners will experiences clashes with the local government.




Zwolle, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, April, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to Rondom den Herdenbergh 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.


Originally appeared in the journal Rondom den Hardenbergh (March 3, 1986): Detail Verenigingsblad Rondom den Herdenbergh - MijnStadMijnDorp


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Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to the Governor of the Province of Overijssel