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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote a note to John Roost who is addressed as "friend." Roost is canvassing for funds out east for the Holland Harbor project. A recent storm had damaged the project recently. Henry D. Post received his second letter and contents, presumably money he had collected. Van Raalte reported that he is busy with classis business and must soon go begging for money himself. He would rather do an exorcism than raise money, but it had to be done.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor. Transcription and retranslation by Nella Kennedy, November, 2005.

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.

Note from A. C. Van Raalte to John Roost