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A letter of E. van Unen to Waarde Broeder. A translated quote of the letter states: "Dominee Van Raalte visited us on Thursday and it was especially uplifting. The worthy continues to visit us and displays his loyalty as a servant of the Evangelie and is not ashamed to show his bond/ties with us." The rest of the letter is about how they are often fined and then jailed but they continue to struggle forward.




Zwolle, the Netherlands


Notes by Ellie Dekker.

Description of the document 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.


Published in Dutch in De Geschiedenis der Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Nederland, aan het volk verhaald door J. Verhagen Jr. Kampen: G. Ph. Zalsman, 1886, pp. 275-278.

Letter from E. Van Unen to Waarde Broeder