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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Andries N. Wormser of Amsterdam, about Michigan's weather. One day there is deep snow and the next, a soft wind will melt it all. V.R. also heard about the disaster on Lake Michigan when the steamship, the Phoenix, burned with great loss of life. Many immigrants from Varseveld and Winterswijk were on board. Van Raalte has had much trial of soul but he writes: "Oh may He now plant this people to the praise of His name, and grant us knowledge and godliness in providing for our material needs."




Allegan, Michigan


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 Albertus C. Van Raalte to Andries N. Wormser