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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who gives him the bad news that brother Dirk has been wounded and his right arm amputated. Ben suggests that his father come down and take Dirk home. Dirk is making good recovery, however. Dirk, while out riding, chanced upon a group of rebel soldiers who tried to take him prisoner. As Dirk spurred his horse suddenly, he was shot, but escaped from the enemy.




Marietta, Ga., 23rd A. C. Hospital


Translated by Clarence Jalving; revision: Nella Kennedy, Jan. 2009; A transcript of the letter in Dutch is also in the archives of the Free University, Amsterdam; revised: Nella Kennedy, Jan. 2009

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