Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Antonie Brummelkamp


Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Antonie Brummelkamp



A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. Antonie Brummelkamp and "friends" in the Netherlands when the Van Raalte family is aboard ship ready to sail to Detroit. This is a very informative letter about the family's arrival in America and how well they were treated. There are references to Mrs. Christina Van Raalte, the Rev. Thomas De Witt of New York, and the Rev. Isaac N. Wyckoff. At this point, Van Raalte wrote: "When we arrive in Detroit, we will take stock of our situation. We must decide whether to stay in Detroit or go on to Milwaukee. I prefer Milwaukee, where I have many contacts, but my wife may pick Detroit."




"On Board the Steamship Great Western in Buffalo"


A translation was published as "Voices from North America," by Heritage Hall, Calvin College, 1992. 35 pp. The file includes another translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, Holland, Michigan, and one by Mr. E. R. Post, of Grand Rapids.

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.



Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Antonie Brummelkamp