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A letter of O. G.Heldring to G. Groen van Prinsterer, urging him to promote emigration to the Dutch colonies and not North America. Heldring disagrees with what Hendrik P. Scholte is doing. "There are numerous adventurers and frauds in North America....I'd rather live in Java... I believe that the thousands of poor fellows who follow Scholte are people of whom one would say: What can you ever do with that folk? "Heldring claims to know very few people who want to go to America.




Translation by Simone Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands 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 National Archives of the Netherlands.


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 National Archives of the Netherlands.

Letter from O. G. Heldring to G. Groen van Prinsterer