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In a letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to his brother-in-law, Rev. C. G. de Moen, Van Raalte sends cordial greetings. He also indicates that he expects de Moen to come to America sometime. Van Raalte and de Moen have discussed at length the pros and cons of de Moen's possible coming to America. "When you come, take a steamship, and do not travel like an immigrant." Van Raalte also ordered fifty diapers that Mrs. Van Raalte requested and he would like five little Dutch dictionaries.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, 1999. Retranslation by Nella Kennedy, December 2004. The translation had to be done from a poor photocopy and hence the translation is not complete; better transcription, May 2019.

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.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to C. G. de Moen