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Another report/letter [undated] was received from Albertus C. Van Raalte and published in De Hope on this date. He reported that he attended the synod meeting of the Gereformeerde Kerk, the church formed from the Afscheiding of 1834, held in Amsterdam. And he was interested in many of the subjects under discussion. He deplored the lack of missionary zeal. The church has only one missionary in Java [Indonesia]. He, as a representative of the Reformed Church in America, was happy to report that "It was also very enjoyable to know that the Synod, after having investigated the old-Holland Church in America was convinced that it kept to the doctrines, discipline and worship, and has expressed their brotherly union and recognition, and decided to keep fraternal contact as with the churches in Scotland." Undoubtedly members of the Christian Reformed Church in America had gotten the ear of some people in the Netherlands and cast aspersions on the RCA after the secession of 1857. He and his wife continue to enjoy their stay. He commented that Americans could learn something from the Dutch about planting more trees around their homes. But the country is generally "depressed." He was astonished to see that the Harlem Lake was drained and now contained many beautiful farms.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch. Translation by Simone Kennedy, 1997.

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.

Another Report/Letter [Undated] Was Received from Albertus C. Van Raalte and Published in De Hope