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A long letter of Rev. Anthony Brummelkamp to his brother-in-law, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, in Ommen on several matters. His wife, Christina Van Raalte's sister, has been having spiritual struggles but he has been strengthened in his faith. He and his wife send birthday greetings to Christina belatedly. Brummelkamp has been in correspondence with Rev.Hendrik Scholte who apparently suffered the loss of his wife. He is also in correspondence with Rev. Budding. Zeeland Province's churches are torn about the issue of proper dress of ministers. He mentions Van Raalte's opportunity to open a school in Ommen. The chit-chat in the letter indicates that the two men are close friends as well as brothers-in-law.




Arnhem, the Netherlands


Original in Dutch; translated by ?. (Brummelkamp has a very cramped handwriting. Several words in the letter are therefore not translated.)

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Letter from Rev. Anthony Brummelkamp to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte