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Another poem to "Beloved Pastor and Friend." Apparently another class of the teacher was not to be outdone by the class which sent the teacher a poem on 17 October. This poem is much longer although part of the document is damaged and the beginning of the lines of the first three stanzas are missing. There is a clue that the teacher is Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte for the first line in stanza five reads: May He spare you for family and for flock. If the flock is the Pillar Church congregation (First Reformed Church), then the teacher is Van Raalte and the students may be members of his catechism class. There are thirty-four students in the class. Their names are: Willem E. van Herwijnen, Amos Wevers, C. Schilleman, J. Mulder, J. Westveer, A. Pauels, C. de Fijter, D. B. Meengs, W.P. Klaver, E. Smits, H. Elferdink, P. Boot, J. Vaupell, J. te Roller, L. Schoon, H. van Rij, C. Verschure, L. T. Kanters, H. Westveer, O. J. Pauels, H. Te Roller, C. Vaupell, A. De Fijter, P. Te Spelder, J. Vande Veen, J. C. Post, J. A. Smits, Henry M. Ferry, A. Pfanstiehl, G. J. Heering, H. Bottenberg, W. Kieft, M. Kanters, and P. Thibout.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; Transcription: Nella Kennedy, January 2008.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College 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.


The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

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