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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who reports that "Yesterday evening I received your letter of the 20th. The calling up of 500,000 suits me fine. I have no sympathy for those at home who are being drafted. In Holland they appear to be very scared. Doesburg is putting the fear of death into the hearts of the ignorant masses. They should burn his printing office....Col. Cooper of the 6th Tennesee is now Brigadier General... He looks like a Drenthe farmer....The packages you sent arrived in good shape."




Camp 25th Mich. in front of Atlanta, Ga.


Translated by Clarence Jalving; Transcribed and re-translated by Nella Kennedy, 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 A. C. Van Raalte from His Son, Ben