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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his wife, Christina Johanna de Moen, to inform her of his travels thus far. He has learned from Judge Kellogg that there is land available at Ada and Ionia and six townships in Allegan are still for sale by the government. Van Raalte is very thankful that he has come into contact with M. I. Colt, Theodore Romeyn, Rev. Ova P. Hoyt and Judge Kellogg all of whom are God fearing men. "More and more I think that the state of Michigan is the place in which we shall make our home." p. 32. He also admonishes his children to be obedient to Mrs. Van Raalte. He signs the letter as "Your loving friend, brother, and husband."




Kalamazoo, Michigan


Dutch; translated by Dr. Harry Boonstra, 1994.

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 A. C. Van Raalte to His Wife Christina Johanna de Moen