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In this issue of De Hollander, there appeared an advertisement for Dr. Benjamin Smits sugar coated pills for fever and ague and other ailments. The ad contained an endorsement by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte who said: "We expect more sickness, since the danger is great and we have no doctor. However, we must thank God that we had your good 'Indian Vegetable Pills.' These are difficult to come by here." Van Raalte requested that 60 boxes be sent him. The name of Dr. Thomas De Witt, pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church, is given as a reference.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Jan Pieter Verhave, 2006.

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.

Advertisment for Dr. Benjamin Smits Sugar Coated Pills for Fever and Ague and Other Ailments in De Hollander