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In a very informative letter, Dr. Thomas De Witt, a pastor in the Collegiate Church, wrote about Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Rev. Hendrik P. Scholte. De Witt has received Scholte's letters of January 11 and 22. The books which De Witt had shipped to Scholte had still not arrived in the Netherlands and before Scholte would leave for America about 1 April. De Witt again deplores the arrival of so many immigrants that winter. He and the society have done much to help them in the difficulties they faced in the new world. De Witt reported that he has heard from Van Raalte who is meeting with a committee in Detroit which was organized to help him and his people. "Ds. V.R. has but a small means in hand, and deserves aid." De Witt assumes that Scholte has heard from Van Raalte also.




New York City


In English; transcription by Nella Kennedy, May, 2002.

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 Thomas De Witt to Hendrik P. Scholte