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A letter of Louise Arnaud to Rev. Antonie and Mrs. Brummelkamp in Arnhem, the Netherlands, giving an update on her family's life in Boston. Derk has the same job and is paid much better; they are living well. However, they do miss the fellowship of Christians in Arnhem. She knows that Rev. and Mrs. Van Raalte have arrived in New York. The Arnaudshad heard that Van Raalte had met with Rev. Isaac Wyckoff in Albany. On 3 December, a shipload of Dutch immigrants arrived in Boston including a family by the name of van Doornik. A "brother Mensing" was also in the group. (Is this the Mensing or Mensink who went to Alto?) She also pleads with the Brummelkamps to come to America: "Dear Dominic and madam, hasten to leave Sodom with Lot and come to America..."




Boston, Massachusetts


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

Description of the document and reference to the Royal Library, The Hague, 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 Royal Library, The Hague.


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 Royal Library, The Hague.

Letter from Louise Arnaud to Antonie and Mrs. Brummelkamp