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A letter to the editor of De Hope from a Rev. Mr. W. Raman of the Netherlands published this date. Mr. Raman reported on a visit with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte on September 7th. This person apparently had known V.R. well because he refers to their common suffering thirty years ago. "He [Raman] witnessed how his Honorable [V.R.] rejected the human ordinance to sing evangelical hymns in church, how he was forced out of his office as Reformed Minister for Jesus' honor and praise and for His sake." As to 'V.R.'s speaking at a prayer meeting, Raman wrote: "Never will we forget the words of Acts 11.5. How forceful and striking, how concise and powerful, how simple and moving were his words on this text! For the congregation and each person present his words were humbling, crushing and comforting at the same time." Raman reported that the Van Raaltes left for America from Rotterdam on September 14. Raman is a pastor and was at that meeting as well as a F. Rederus. Note: a Francis Rederus is listed in the Historical Directory of the Reformed Church in America, 1992, on page 189. Francis Rederus came to America in 1872 as well as his son, Sipko Francis Rederus.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch. Translated 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.

A Letter to the Editor of De Hope from a Rev. Mr. W. Raman of the Netherlands Published This Date