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The call letter from the Graafschap consistory to the Rev. Helenius de Cock was in the handwriting of Albertus C. Van Raalte. Van Raalte wrote that "...your father's name lies deep within our hearts." The congregation numbers 250 to 300 souls now. A parsonage has already been built on a four acre plot. The letter includes directions how to travel from New York to Kalamazoo where the family would then be picked up by wagon and brought to Graafschap.




Graafschap,Filmore, Allegan, Holland Post Office


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor in 1976. A transcription and new translation were done by Nella Kennedy, April, 2003.

Description of the document and reference to the Gereformeerde Kerken, Stadsarchief Rotterdam, 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.


Stadsarchief Rotterdam, Archief Gereformeerde Kerken


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 Stadsarchief Rotterdam.

Call Letter From the Graafschap Consistory to Helenius de Cock