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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to "Honorable Friend" in which Van Raalte discusses housing costs. "This week again four families arrived here from the colony at Kalamazoo." Is the honorable friend Paulus den Bleyker? See Van Raalte's letter to den Bleyker of 11 March 1851 in regard to housing. Van Raalte, at this time, is hoping the den Bleyker will move to Holland.




Holland, Michigan


In translation only.

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.

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