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From a deed on December 27, 1841, in the presence of the notary and lawyer Pieter Lijndrajer, Junior, and witnesses, passed and registered in Amsterdam: [namely:] "Registered in Amsterdam, December 28, 1841, volume sixty-one, folio thirty-four verso, section three and four, comprising two pages without marginal remarks, received with the increase of three guilders and thirty-one and a half cents. The [tax] collector Weggelhorst signed [the document]." It appears that Messrs. Albertus Christiaan van Raalte, private, living in Ommen, province of Overijssel, and Dirk Blikman Kikkert,ship broker, living in Amsterdam, have contracted a partnership to continue the Brick, Shingle, Tile and Ceramic factory, situated in Ommen and the region of Ommen, with the business name BLIKMAN KIKKERT & COMPANY, of which both partners have the diagram [drawing? proof with signatures?]: that this has begun on January 1 of this year, and will last for fourteen successive years, with competence of extension, in each case for three years, except in case termination has taken place.




Description of the document 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.


Deventer Courant, Friday, 21 January 1842.