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A letter of Thomas De Witt, of the Collegiate Church, New York City, to Hendrik P. Scholte. Since Van Raalte's arrival with his group, there have been three more arrivals, two of which have more than one hundred emigrants and the third, about thirty. One ship was named the Isabella. De Witt shows much concern about these people because of their arrival during the winter season. De Witt seems to have developed a fairly close relationship with Scholte.




New York City


English; transcription by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to Central College 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 Central College.


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 Central College.

Letter from Thomas De Witt to Hendrik P. Scholte