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A letter from Philip Hoedemaker, a student at Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, in which he reports on student life at the college. He indicates that several students do not have good study habits. His funds are very low and he has debts of $50. Other students from the Colony at Rutgers are Jacob Vander Meulen, son of the Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen, and Christiaan Vander Veen. Hoedemaker did not go into the ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church, returning instead to the Netherlands where he became eventually a professor of theology at the University of Utrecht and a noted writer.




New Brunswick, New Jersey


In Dutch; in transcription; translated by Simone Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Letter from Philip Hoedmaker to A. C. Van Raalte