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Albertus C. van Raalte and C. J. de Moen had a notice published in De Hollander that their eleven month old daughter, Anna, died after a brief fever. The notice is dated March 6, the day the baby died. Following the notice is a long poem. The first verse reads: "My child lies hidden in the grave./ It rests now with her God and Lord./He has bereft her of her life./O my soul! Give Him the honor." The initials of the person who wrote the poem are M.W.B.




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.

Notice Published in De Hollander w/ a Poem by M. W. B.