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C. G. de Moen, president and D. J. van der Werp, secretary, of the Board of Curators at the Theological School of the Christian Seceded Church at Kampen send a letter to the Classis of Holland because the board has received a letter from the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, secretary of the Classis. They declare that a close relationship exists between the Classis and the theological school. The school was organized in 1854 and now had four instructors and 46 students. The school would welcome young men from the Colony for theological study although they recognize that distance is a problem. "And since we notice how generously God is dealing with you, we make free to commend our school to your liberal charity..."




Kampen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

Description of the document and reference to the Theological University Archives, Kampen, 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 Theological University Archives, Kampen.


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 Theological University Archives, Kampen.