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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Rev. David Demarest, pastor of the Second Reformed Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in which he profusely thanks the women of the Second Reformed Church for the two boxes of clothing which they sent. The letter was published in The Christian Intelligencer onThursday, August 12, 1852. The clothing arrived in good order. Van Raalte said that he called in the pastors of the Holland Colony and their wives who assisted him in the distribution of the articles of clothing for the most needy of the various congregations. In V.R.'s remarks, he said, "The first years of a new settlement are hard, above all in getting clothing; and above this, the failure of the last crops did bring on hard times; therefore we rejoice in the fatherly care of God's providence, and are appreciating very much those gifts.




Holland, Ottawa County, 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 to David Demarest Published in the Christian Intelligencer