John R. Kellogg



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A letter from John R. Kellogg, a member of the Executive Committee of the Allegan County Bible Society, to the Rev. J. C. Brigham, Secretary of the American Bible Society, requesting Bibles from the society because in reading the Dutch/English scriptures which the society distributes, proved to be the "most ready, easy and instructive" means of helping the followers of Albertus C. Van Raalte in learning the English language. Many of the immigrants are able to pay for the scriptures from the society, but others are not. Therefore, Kellogg is asking for help from the society. The followers of Van Raalte "are (generally) a peculiar people, zealous of good works, and the Bible Cause is that Cause in which their hearts are engaged,..." "There are at this moment from 6 to 700 souls in the Colony..." The Bibles will be placed in the hands of Van Raalte for distribution. On June 30, the society granted 100 Bibles and 200 testaments for the Hollanders. E. B. Bassett was secretary of Allegan society.




Allegan, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 The Joint Archives of Holland.


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 The Joint Archives of Holland.

Letter from John R. Kellogg to the Rev. J. C. Brigham