Nella Kennedy



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Rev. Van Raalte exhorted the congregation in the afternoon service to help suffering widows and orphans in the Netherlands. People there are hit by catastrophes: cholera, cattle pest, floods, and high cost of living. This is not the case in the colonies, so all pastors are charged with the task to collect monies; these will be sent to the Netherlands.




Translation by Nella Kennedy, September 2012

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.


De Hollander, November 9, 1853.

Report in De Hollander