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A letter of Rev. Isaac N. Wyckoff to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, providing several items of news and advice for Van Raalte. V.R. had written he was unwell and Wyckoff expressed the hope that he was getting better. V.R. had sent the pamphlet, Appeal to the Faithful in North America, also. Wykcoff said that a society has been formed in Albany to assist the Dutch immigrants going west called The Protestant, Evangelical, Dutch Immigration Society. He agrees with V.R.'s proposal to make a settlement provided "your people have the necessary money for the project." Obviously the society was to serve Protestants only. "We have no intention of aiding Roman Catholics even if they are Hollanders. Our objective is to open the way for the oppressed members of the separatist church which is attached to the old faith of the Reformation."




Albany, New York


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.

Letter from Isaac N. Wyckoff to Albertus C. Van Raalte