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Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote his children this letter which was published in De Hope June 14, 1866. He reported on his trip to the Netherlands and that they finally came to Kampen. They are staying with the Antonie Brummelkamps, Christina Van Raalte's sister and her husband. Another brother of Christina, Simon van Velzen, lives nearby as does her brother, the Rev. Carel de Moen. They met Professor Helenius de Cock and the Rev. van Gispen. Van Raalte has many preaching engagements lined up already: Amsterdam, Ommen, Utrecht, Zwolle, and Genemuiden. Mrs. Van Raalte seems to be better. Van Raalte is happy that he is living in America. He already encountered many people looking for work. "I praise the emigration movement and am glad that my children are at the other side of the is far better for a human being to live in America than to live in the old, densely populated countries."




Kampen, [the Netherlands]


In Dutch. Translation by Simone Kennedy, 1997; revisions: 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.

Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote His Children This Letter Which Was Published in De Hope June 14, 1866