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A letter of Thomas De Witt, pastor in the Collegiate Church, to Hendrik P. Scholte, concerning the arrival of Albertus C. Van Raalte and his group on November 18. "[A.C.V.R.] was anxious to proceed immediately on the way to Wisconsin as the navigation on the Canal and on the lakes was about drawing to a close." De Witt shows considerable interest in Van Raalte and his people. De Witt also thanks Scholte for the pamphlets he sent him.




New York City


In 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