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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, published in the Grand Rapids Daily Eagle, p. 2, stating that he and Cornelius Vander Meulen, the Democratic nominee for regent of the university decline their nominations "because, as pastors in church, we wish to avoid the appearance of being in conflict Instead he and Vander Meulen nominate John Van Vleck for the position. The letter is dated March 24, 1857.




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.


Grand Rapids Daily Eagle, March 27, 1857, p. 2.

Letter of A. C. Van Raalte Published in The Grand Rapids Daily Eagle