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Mrs. G. Groen van Prinsterer, nee v. d. Hoop, wrote Rev. Hendrik P. Scholte. She said that "You know how we regretted the Secession, and now another grievous separation in many ways." She also said that "...the Word is not bound and if the Holy Spirit blesses the preaching it will have the same fruits here as in North America."




The Hague, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, October 2002.

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 Mrs. G. Groen van Prinsterer to Hendrik P. Scholte