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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Rev. J. H. Donner of Leiden, the Netherlands who is trying to convince Donner to accept the call to the First Reformed Church of Pella. The Reformed people in Pella have largely left the congregation of Hendrik P. Scholte who did not unite with the Dutch Reformed Church. Van Raalte speaks of Scholte in very negative terms but praises the Pella settlement and the people of the First Reformed Church. Van Raalte sees Pella as a very promising field of labor.




Pella, Iowa


In Dutch; translated by Elisabeth Dekker.

Description of the document and reference to Central College 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 Central College.


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 Central College.

Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to J. H. Donner of Leiden