Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to John Garretson


Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to John Garretson



A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, responding to the letter of the Rev. John Garretson, dated August 10, in which A.C.V.R. expresses his joy for the gift to the Classis. Since the Board of Domestic Missions will defray the cost of hiring a pastor and teacher to visit neighboring places, V.R. suggests that the Rev. Huibert Jacobus Budding be called to this position, "being talented, having a disposition for, and having been frequently highly blessed therein. As he has been staying with us for some time, we have acquainted him with the state of affairs, and invited him to take charge of this field, which he has accepted, having already for some time been voluntarily engaged in this work." (p. 514)




Holland, Michigan


Published in Legends of the Dutch: The Story of a Mass Movement of Nineteenth Century Pilgrims by Adrian Van Koevering, Zeeland [Michigan] Record Co., Inc., Publishers, 1960, pp 514-15.

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 A. C. Van Raalte to John Garretson