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A letter of Rev. Hendrik P. Scholte to a Mr. J. Hospers at Hoog Blokland, the Netherlands, saying that Albertus C. Van Raalte made an unfortunate choice by going to Michigan. "In his efforts to get people to go there van Raalte has already become thoroughly American." Scholte also said: "The Dutch Reformed [Church] have been after me to join their Synod. I told them that I was not so inclined, because I cannot agree with the Synodical system. I think van Raalte will. In that case he will very likely receive an annual stipend of $100."




Utrecht, the Netherlands


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 Hendrik P. Scholte to a Mr. J. Hospers