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A message to Mr. Smedes in Assenfrom Albertus C. Van RaaIte and Anthony Brtunmelkamp, asking him to place a notice in the provincial newspaper, which declares a fast and prayer day on August 26. There are concerns for the anticipated potato crop failure due to sickness. Van Raalte wrote the letter.






In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to the Gemeentearchief, Arnhem, 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 Gemeentearchief, Arnheim.


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 Gelders Archief.

A Message from Albertus C. Van Raalte and Anthony Brummelkamp to Mr. Smedes