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On this date, a pastoral letter written by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte on 18 March was published in De Hollander. V.R. reported on the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting which was then taking place at the Fulton St. Dutch Reformed Church in Manhattan. He reported that while being in New York from where this letter is sent that he often visited these gatherings "and they are very refreshing to me." V.R. described the rules which governed the meetings such as no meeting would be more than an hour in length. The meetings are very well attended. Apparently the money crisis in the country at that time led to the development of these prayer meetings. There is also a message from the Holland Township Clerk, C. Doesburg, in this issue dated 10 March concerning the borrowing of money for the construction of the Holland Harbor.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation 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 Written by Albertus C. Van Raalte Published in De Hollander