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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Paulus den Bleyker, in Kalamazoo, about several business matters. V.R. had hoped he would have come to Holland to get the papers V.R. is now sending but he had not come. In the course of the letter, V.R. refers to advice his father gave him: Boy, do well and never look back. The business arrangements with denb. appear to be unraveling. V.R. still hopes that the denbleykers will come to the Colony but V.R. is quite direct in some of his comments about denb.'s business ideas.




Holland Ottawa Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Elisabeth Dekker. A transcription and new translation was done by Nella Kennedy, April, 2003.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 Paulus Den Bleyker