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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to John Roost who is canvassing people in the East hoping to sell them bonds for the development of the Holland Harbor. Roost had written from Albany, New York, on July 11 concerning his efforts. Van Raalte sent this letter to the General Synod board rooms at 61 Franklin St. in New York City, in care of a Mr. W. Ferris. V.R. reported on the crop situation. He adds a cryptic sentence: "I did not yet talk to anybody, so I have not been tempted to relate our unfavorable circumstances." This may refer to the difficulties Roost has had with the township board which accused him of not turning over all the funds Roost collected the previous year for the harbor.




Holland, [Michigan]


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy.

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 A. C. V. R. to John Roost