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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps: "My plan of visiting the Netherlands was given up because I am by high prices, horrible taxes, drainage etc exhausted. Your letter containing that very kind offer of Brother Schieffelin and his Brother and the encouraging hope to raise the gift to $500 has changed the Whole. Now the Lord opens the way I do accept that offer very thankful: I crave such a change for Mrs. Van Raalte, it may restore her to certain measure." He hopes to leave the second week of April.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint Archives of Holland.


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 Joint Archives of Holland.

A Letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps