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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte, presumably to the Rev. Antonie Brummelkamp, in the Netherlands, reporting on the family's stay in Detroit. "I plan to stay here, especially for my wife's sake, and to arrange everything for our household." People he mentions in the letter are the Rev. George Duffield, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Thomson, a Congregationalist pastor, Eber B. Ward, who provided work for Van Raalte's followers, Mr. Theodore Romeyn, a lawyer out of an old eastern Dutch family, and a Mr. William Witherspoon. "The old Dutch Reformed Church is also greatly interested in us, and I have no doubts about their intention to cooperate with us here in America." "Next week, if the Lord wills, I will travel to search for a suitable place for our colony." He hopes to travel to Wisconsin and consult with "brother Sleijster" who settled in Alto, Wisconsin. Van Raalte mentions incidently that he received the book, Dowling's History of Romaism from none other than Mrs. Lewis Cass whose husband was now in the U. S. Senate.
The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Post, E. R., "Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Antonie Brummelkamp" (1846). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 87.