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An article, entitled, "Emigration From Holland, and Its cause, the denial of religious liberty and education," originally printed in the London Patriot, and reprinted in the Christian Intelligencer, June 3, 1847, pp. 185-86 and June 10, 1847, p. 189 The author is not given but indicates a personal knowledge of H. P. Scholte and his work. "The three following, are the principal reasons alleged for their [the Separatists] bidding adieu to their fatherland. 1. The extreme poverty and suffering of the lower classes, and the wasting away of the middle class of society. 2. The want of religious liberty. 3. The impossibility of educating their children in the way they believe most conformed to the Word of God." The author expounds on each point for some length.




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.


Christian Intelligencer, June 3, 1847, pp. 185-186; June 10, 1847, p. 189.