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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Mr. J. P. Oggel of Axel, Zeeland, whose son, Pieter J., is a student in the Arnhem school. Van Raalte is impressed with young Pieter. He reported to Pieter's father that he "spent his time faithfully and makes good progress. I trust that when the Lord spares his life he will become a very useful instrument for God's kingdom with further development!" Van Raalte also thanked Oggel for the generous offering for the school from the Axel congregation.




Arnhem, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Ralph Vunderink.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint Archives of Holland.


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 Joint Archives of Holland.

Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Mr. J. P. Oggel