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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Holland community which was published in De Hollander on November 30, 1850, volume I, number 9. V.R. said that the Hollanders were being deprived of national news and consequently of knowledge of American life because this community had no newspaper. Therefore, the publishers have established this paper. V.R. has been asked to write a column for it. He hopes that the paper will be an effective instrument for instructing the local people on what is happening. He also invited others to join him in providing information for the paper. Hawks and Bassett were the owners and Moses Hawks was the publisher. Giles Van de Wall would serve as the translator.




Holland, Michigan


Giles Van de Wall would serve as the translator; In Dutch transcription and English translation.

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. Van Raalte to the Holland Community Published in De Hollander