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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Theodore Romeyn, of Detroit, in which Van Raalte expresses regret that now "you are gone." The letter implies that Romeyn has left Detroit. V.R. remembers fondly the hospitality of Romeyn when V.R. and his wife were there. V.R. particularly thanked Romeyn for the part he played in the decision to stay in Michigan and settle in western Michigan.




Holland Ottawa Michigan


The language is in rough English. The letter must be a very early attempt of V. R. to write in English.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Theodore Romeyn