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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte writes his wife, Christina, a second time on this date. V.R. has been told that he will not be able to get through the lines upon orders of a general who wants no civilians to be permitted to cross lines. V.R. met a [Rev. Cornelius Van] Santvoord, a chaplain in the Tennessee hospital, a person he knew previously. (Van Raalte may have met him when V.R. was canvassing the East for the Holland Academy in 1859-60.) V.R. learned through him who the doctor was who amputated Dirk's arm. Dirk had also suffered face wounds but the doctor was surprised how quickly his wounds healed.




Nashville, Tennessee


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; revision - Nella Kennedy, February 2009.

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.

Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Writes His Wife, Christina, a Second Time On This Date.