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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who reported that Dirk is now discharged. "It is quiet and peaceful here - quite a contrast from last summer and spring. Sherman's army has left for Richmond.... The death of the President is heavily mourned - that was a great loss."




Raleigh, N. C.


Translation by Clarence Jalving; revision: 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."


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