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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Paulus den Bleyker, of Kalamazoo, stating that the people in Holland are very pleased that den Bleyker is moving to Holland, something that V.R. already knew. V.R. has arranged the purchase of a home for the den Bleykers. When they arrive, the VRs expect them to stay with them while they are readying the new house for occupancy. V.R. is pleased that the "old Hollandsche Reformed Church" (now known as the Reformed Church in America) is showing more interest in the Colony.




Holland Ottawa Mich[igan]


In Dutch; translated by Elisabeth Dekker except the lengthy postscript; Retranslated by Nella Kennedy, 2003

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