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A long letter of Rev. Anthony Brummelkamp to his brother-in-law, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who has just sent him a letter. Van Raalte had several questions for him. Brummelkamp decries the impact of his pride on his life and work and discusses the state of his soul with V.R. His thoughts seem so typical of the piety of the Separatists of that time. Brummelkamp speaks about several persons: Flesch, Budding, Tolsma, Wigchink [?], Callenbach, Poelman, Drus, "H", Samuel Goudsmidt, Wildenbeert, Bikkel, Zwerdijk, and Tieleman. Brummelkamp hopes to go to Ommen soon so that the two men can discuss the "interests of the school" and how to get churches to take collections for it. In a postscript, A.B. mentions his wife's problems with depression.




Arnhem, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translated by? (Brummelkamp's handwriting is very difficult to read so there are gaps in the translation and getting the names spelled correctly.)

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 Anthony Brummelkamp to Albertus C. Van Raalte