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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to John Roost who is canvassing out East on behalf of the Holland Harbor bond program. He also sends this letter to the Synod board rooms on Franklin Street, which I assume are in New York City. A Rev. Strijker of New York was in Holland and Van Raalte showed him the progress being made on the development of the harbor. Rev. Thomas De Witt is expected to visit Holland next week. V.R. has been sick but he is writing this letter at 11.30 p.m. on Saturday night. He wants to get this letter written so that he can send it along with Philip Phelps who was leaving for Albany on Monday. V.R. acknowledged receipt of two sums of money in the amounts of $600 and $650. The drought in Holland is "critical."




Holland, [Michigan]


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