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The editor of De Hope printed excerpts on October 11 from two Dutch periodicals, De Bazuin and De Wekstem following Albertus C. and Christian de M. Van Raalte's departure from the Netherlands. The excerpt is a letter of Van Raalte to the Separatist churches of the Netherlands on the above date, September 30. He wished he could have seen more people and not missed some appointments. Both he and his wife have been revived and strengthened during their stay. He really prays for more united mission work by the RCA and the Gereformeerde Kerk. V.R. reveals plans for some definite courses of action.




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.

The Editor of De Hope Printed Excerpts on October 11 from Two Dutch Periodicals, De Bazuin and De Wekstem Following Albertus C. and Christian de M. Van Raalte's Departure from the Netherlands.