Letter from D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers


Letter from D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers



A letter from D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers at Hoog Blokland,Utrecht, the Netherlands about finding a settlement in the United States, says: "So far I am confirmed in my conviction that Iowa and a part of Illinois will be most suitable for us, and that van Raalte has made an unfortunate choice. In Albany as well as in New York the general opinion is that things will turn out very bad in the end... In his efforts to get people to go there van Raalte has already become thoroughly American." He also writes: "The Dutch Reformed 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."




New York, New York


Translation by Dr. Walter Lagerwey.

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 D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers