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A fragment of a letter of Hendrik P. Scholte to G. Groen van Prinsterer concerning emigration to North America or Java. "We have come to the conclusion that this government is completely unwilling to promote any kind of emigration to Java even though the Minister admitted that vast land regions were lying unused... [The attitude of the government] does not help the urgent unemployment and poverty of the people in Gelderland....The stubborn opposition of the governemnt against freedom of religion and education encourages the wish to leave....In North America, the land lies empty, there is complete religious and educational freedom, even if the number of emigrants is large and they stay together with the acquisition of land the local government will remain in the hands of the colonists."




Translation by Elisabeth Dekker; In Dutch.

Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands 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 National Archives of the Netherlands.


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 National Archives of the Netherlands.

Fragment of Letter from Hendrik P. Scholte to G. Groen van Prinsterer