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"
Van Raalte, Albertus C. and Heritage Hall, Calvin College, "Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Antonie Brummelkamp" (1846). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 243.