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In a letter written by Albertus C. Van Raalte on this date from Middelburg, Zeeland Province, the Netherlands, and published in De Hope on August 30 he spoke more about the devastating cholera epidemic and the threatening international situation. He and Christina visited Schiedam, Rotterdam, Willemstad, Fijnaart, Klundert, and Zevenbergen. It was a special pleasure to visit Fijnaart where his father served a Hervormde Kerk and where he died. "It was a great pleasure... to sow again in the field where my father had worked..." V.R. preached twice to a full church in Middelburg. V.R. seemed energized by his traveling and speaking and says he is becoming "strong and fat." Christina is doing well except for her cough.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch. Translated by Simone Kennedy.

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.

Letter Written by A. C. Van Raalte Published in De Hope