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Albertus C. Van Raalte writes Hendrik P. Scholte that his brother, P. J. Van Raalte, died at the age of 41. Van Raalte indicates that he is pained in the split of the Amsterdam congregation over the difference of Scholte and Simon van Velzen. Van Raalte wonders if the Separatists are even in God's favor when such division breaks out. All this commotion is contrary to brotherly love and order. Van Raalte makes a critical remark about Mrs. Zeelt but provides no context for making that criticism.




Ommen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Elisabeth Dekker.

Description of the document and reference to Central College 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 Central College.


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 Central College.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Hendrik P. Scholte