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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte which appeared on 10 May 1866 in De Hope. This letter was written the day before he and Mrs. Van Raalte boarded the Teutonia for the Netherlands. He reported that Mrs. Van Raalte was sick often on the trip from Holland to New York. They were made very comfortable in the home of the parents of Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. in Albany and the Dr. Thomas De Witt family in New York City. Their up-coming return trip to the Netherlands brings brings back twenty-year-old memories for the Van Raaltes. He is grateful for the heartfelt farewells, and rejoices in the recent revival of "young and old" in Holland.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy, 1997, and revision by Nella Kennedy, March, 2009.

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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Which Appeared on 10 May 1866 in De Hope