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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Mr. John Roost who is on a trip East to obtain funds for the Holland Harbor. V.R. says, "May God make your trip helpful toward the well-being of the people whose care is laid upon your hands in his providence." Money is badly needed in order to proceed with the harbor work. Although V.R. is much involved with business and community affairs, he places all within a spiritual framework. This letter give more evidence of V.R.'s piety and deep religious convictions.




Holland [Michigan]


In Dutch; translation by Seth Vander Werf.

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 John Roost