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Albertus C. Van Raalte is now writing Hendrik P. Scholte in a critical manner, saying that the dispute between Scholte and van Velzen is clearly not of the Lord. "Chastising in order to help each other out of love is good, but chastising to shame somebody is a crime." After commenting at length about the sad quarrel between those two men, Van Raalte adds a postscript and asks to borrow five to ten thousand guilders at five or six per cent interest. Van Raalte says fifteen thousand guilders of his money is not available right now to invest in the business. Would Mrs. Zeelt be willing to loan some money? Van Raalte has given 2,200 guilders toward the new church in Ommen.




Ommen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Elisabeth Dekker.

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 Hendrik P. Scholte