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A long letter of Derk [?] and Louise Arnaud to "dearly beloved pastors," presumably to Antonie Brummelkamp and Albertus C. Van Raate because the Arnauds had just arrived in America from Arnhem, the Netherlands, giving the details of their sea journey and first experiences in America. Louise seems to be the writer of the letter because she wrote about Derk's experience as a carpenter in Boston.




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.

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