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A letter to Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from her son, Dirk, who wrote that "Ben and I are both well and the other Hollanders also. We now lie behind our breastworks with Atlanta in sight....You worry about us too much. You must not do that - it doesn't do you any good and us either. We can bear our hardships very well....P.S. The fact that you do not get many letters from me is not my fault. I write frequently. Why doesn't Christina write?"




Camp one half mile from Atlanta, Ga.


Translated by Clarence Jalving; Transcribed and re-translated by Nella Kennedy, Dec., 2008.

Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands 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 National Archives of the Netherlands.


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 National Archives of the Netherlands.

A Letter to Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from Her Son, Dirk