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Jan Kolvoord of Groningen, Michigan, wrote a response to the letter of "A Friend of the Truth" that had appeared on 3 January 1851 in De Nieuwsbode of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. But it was a friend of Kolvoord who forwarded Kolvoord's letter to the editor of De Nieuwsbode. This person, by way of introduction to the Kolvoord letter, said that he was disappointed that De Hollander's editor made no response to the criticism of the January letter. Kolvoord was quite critical of the Holland newspaper as to how little it had to offer the reader. Kolvoord himself said that this so-called Friend of the Truth was really an enemy of the truth.




Sheboygan, Wisconsin


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, February 26, 2007.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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