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In a letter from Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. Helenius de Cock, "S Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, the writer gives de Cock an extensive description of life in the Holland Colony. The original letter is lengthy, consisting of ten pages. Van Raalte gave a full description of the Holland community in many of its facets. He is doing his best to give de Cock the best impression possible of the Holland Colony, with the hopes that de Cock will accept his call to the Graafschap congregation.




Holland, Ottawa Co., Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Harry Boonstra, a transcription and translation were made by Nella Kennedy, June, 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.

Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Helenius de Cock