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Another letter from Albertus C. Van RaaIte appeared in De Hope on this date. It is an extract from a letter, undated, received by the family. He reported that serious cholera epidemic was in progress. He was traveling around and preaching but because of a throat ailment he had to rest and keep quiet "which is often more difficult to do than working." He is enjoying his contacts with the Kampen seminar. The school has fifty students and is supported well by about 250 congregations. He mentions in this letter as in a previous letter that war was imminent. Possibly the Prussians will rise against Napoleon, king of France. [The Franco-Prussian War occurred in 1870.]




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch. Translation 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.

Another Letter from Albertus C. Van RaaIte Appeared in De Hope On This Date