John Skillman



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John Roost received a letter from John Skillman [?] who responded to a letter Roost had written to him on 26 December 1858. Roost had written this gentleman about the development of the Holland Harbor. There was a mention of Albertus C. Van Raalte in the letter. The quote is: "I sincerely hope Mr. Van Raalte's health is greatly improved by this time; please convey my kindest regards to him and congratulate him on the marriage of his son [Albertus Jr.], and the brightening prospects of the Colony." Apparently Roost had apparently met this gentleman when he was attempting to raise money in the East for the Holland Harbor project.




Brooklyn, [New York]


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

Letter from John Skillman (?) to John Roost