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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Hon. Jacob Howard, Attorney General, protesting the decision of the court in Allegan that the majority who seceded from the Graafschap congregation in 1857 are allowed to put the building up for sale and pay the minority only a proportion of the proceeds. The minority in the Graafschap church were allowed to keep their property. The letter is signed by Albertus C. Van Raalte and four members of the Graafschap congregation who stayed with the Reformed Church: A. J.[?] Neerken, Geert Heneveld, Herman Garvelink, and Harmannus Strabbing.




Holland, Ottawa, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to Western Michigan University Archives 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.


Courtesy, Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History


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 Western Michigan University Archives.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Hon. Jocob Howard