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On this date, a letter to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte from "N[o] N[ame]" was published in De Hollander stating that this person sent a gift of three dollar to V.R. for the spread of the gospel "among the blind heathen." Even this small gift may be instrumental in the Lord's hands to save "one poor soul." V.R. designated one dollar for Home Missions, one for Foreign Missions, and one for the education of ministers. The letter to V.R. was dated 8 February 1857 and came from "B...., Wisconsin."




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.

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