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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte which was published in The Christian Intelligencer on October 23, 1851, in which he publicly thanked the women of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey, for the gift of $28.00 and two boxes of goods which contained fifty-nine articles of clothing along with thirty-nine articles of bedding for the Holland colonists. A Miss Van Arsdale also sent a pulpit Bible for one of the congregations. Rev. Samuel B. How, pastor of the First Reformed Church, sent Van Raalte's letter in for publication. Van Raalte, in his lengthy letter, said, "Please, brother, tell the ladies that their labor of love is received with strong feelings of estimation, and with warm, loving, and thanking hearts."




Holland, Michigan


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.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte Published in The Christian Intelligencer