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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Paulus den Bleyker, of Kalamazoo, concerning several matters. One matter is the possible purchase of a house for den Bleyker. V.R. is also writing about the possibility of den B.'s establishing a brick making operation in the Holland area. V.R. reported that at a recent Peoples' Assembly meeting, the village decided to raise taxes for the building of bridges and roads. Volunteers will do the road work. Unfortunately, V.R. and his wife are too busy to visit the den Bleykers in Kalamazoo. "It appears to me sometimes that my duties are too much."




Holland Ottawa Mich[igan]


In Dutch; rough translation by Elisabeth Dekker. Transcription and re-translation by Nella Kennedy, December 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