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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to his son, Ben, giving many details about their visit in the Netherlands. "We are enjoying our vacation and rest immensely and the pleasure of seeing so many of our relatives, of whom many are still living, is very enjoyable. We are showered with love and consideration - wherever we go the best is none too good. We feel very thankful and appreciative toward our children and yourself that your were willing to assume the care of the family and carry: the burden of that care to assure us of being able to get this rest." A postscript by Mrs. Van Raalte: Hello, dear Ben. Seek the Lord.




Kampen, the Netherlands


A transcript of the letter is in the Archief Risseeuw van Documentatiecentrum Nederlands Protestantisme, the Free University; Translation and Transcription: Nella Kennedy, December 2005].

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 of A. C. Van Raalte to His Son Ben