Auguste Duryee



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A letter written by an Auguste Duryee, an American ambassador or charge' d' affaires in the Netherlands, to the Honorable Judge Van dePoel: "In consequence of some restraints in the full enjoyment of their religious faith and worship, the Reverend Doctor Scholten[sic], accompanied by most of his congregation, belonging to a Sect called here, Separatists, of wich [sic] he is, at the same time, the founder and the Apostle, have left Holland to seek, in our Republic that unlimited freedom, both of faith and of mode of worship, which [sic] the[y] have long desired in vain....The emigrants whom Doctr. Scholten [sic] leads wo what, for them, is, indeed, a land of promise, are not destitute adventurers. Many are what we would call snug farmers; others skillfull mechanics; all industrious and sober. In their tennets [sic] (ultra-Calvinism) rendered them some what stern and unsocial." The writer asks the Judge to receive these emigrants with kindness.




The Hague



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.


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Letter from Auguste Duryee to the Honorable Judge Van de Poel