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Rev. Albertus Van Raalte wrote a letter on this date to the editor of De Hollander, published on 16 July, that a minister in the Netherlands has grossly misrepresented the significance of the Separatist church in the Netherlands. V.R. reminded this minister that the Separatist church now numbers at least 50,000 communicants and even though still hated by many in the populace is very influential in the country.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

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.

Letter to the Editor in De Hollander