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A long letter written by A. N. Wormser to J. A. Wormser, providing much information about the family migration to Iowa in considerable detail. A. N. Wormser paints a very negative picture of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and his colonizing efforts in Michigan, negative to the point of being slanderous. A.N.W. also writes negatively of Rev. Hendrik P. Scholte. Wormser takes a very dim view of the American way of doing things. Attached to his letter is a description of a cattle round-up.




Burlington, Iowa


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Walter Lagerwey.

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. N. Wormser to J. A. Wormser