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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben. "You asked me what my opinion was about selling the land near Fijn etc. I cannot help you much and am not in touch with those things. Buying the swamplands might be a good thing and may work out all right if Albertus is happy with the mill. I am sometimes afraid that he feels like a man standing on ice -- unsteady. I personally do not like the mill business but, if it is handled right, a good living can be made at it."




Johnsonville, Tenn.


Translation by Clarence Jalving; Transcription: Nella Kennedy, March 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