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A letter written to Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, living in Pella, Iowa, on 24 August 1860 by G. Wakker was published in De Hollander. The letter was intended to be an open letter and therefore was published. Wakker sides with Oggel in the current controversy about hymn singing but he asks Oggel to refrain from responding further to Wakker because the controversy disturbs the peace of the community. "....Your comments will not extinguish the strange fire...."




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; revised by Nella Kennedy, March, 2006.

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 G. Wakker to Pieter J. Oggel Published in De Hollander