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"Saml B. Schieffelin Esq. Dear Sir! Bearer Mr. John Roost Supervisor of Town Holland about whom and his object I wrote you is by this introduction letter Verij much recommended to your kindness sympathy and aid by your obliged Friend A. C. Van Raalte Holland Ottawa Mich July [day obliterated by an ink spot] [1]858." Roost has been sent by the Holland Harbor Board to canvass the eastern RCA churches and friends to raise money for the harbor project.




Holland Ottawa Mich[igan]


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 Saml B. Schieffelin