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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Paulus den Bleyker, Kalamazoo, Michigan, in which Van Raalte expresses the desire to meet with den Bleyker. V.R. would be willing to go to Kalamazoo but hopes that den B. will come to Holland. There is scant information about what the men wish to discuss but V.R. gives a good picture of his piety and theological understanding of Providence. A Mr. Ransom is mentioned, likely Epaphroditus Ransom, one-time governor of the State of Michigan.




Holland Ottawa Mich.


In Dutch; translation by Elisabeth Dekker and a translation by Simone Kennedy, 26 June 2002.

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 from A. C. Van Raalte to Paulus Den Bleyker