Thomas De Witt



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A detailed report of the visit of Dr. Thomas De Witt, pastor of the Collegiate Church in New York City was published on this date in The Christian Intelligencer. The lengthy account of his visit included his stop in Grand Haven where he experienced the hospitality of Rev. and Mrs. Pieter J. Oggel. The drive to Holland took six hours. He enjoyed the hospitality of Rev. Albertus and Mrs. Christina Van Raalte. "Having remained with them three days, I cannot but pay a passing tribute to Mrs. Van Raalte. I was deeply impressed with what appeared to me her intelligent and deep-toned piety, and one who was well fitted to be the companion of our brother, in all the sacrifices, toils, and hardships he has been called to encounter." Van Raalte convinced De Witt about the importance of the Holland Harbor. The report is rich in details and a valuable report on Holland at that time.




New York, New York


On Thursday, 6 October 1859, a translation of this report was published in De Hollander.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint Archives of Holland.


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 Joint Archives of Holland.

Report in the Christian Intelligencer