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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte, published in the Detroit Daily Advertiser on October 19. The colonists had not had a good year but A.C.V.R. wanted to counter act any rumors that the Colony was at the point of starvation. He appreciated the concern of many people for the residents of Holland. Their life style is very simple compared to "wealthy Americans" but the colony is doing well in spite of a poor crop that year.




Description of the document 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.


Hand-copied letter from the Detroit Daily Advertiser, October 19, 1858, p. 1.

Letter of A. C. Van Raalte Published in the Detroit Daily Advertiser