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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Theodore Romeyn, inviting Romeyn to stay with the Van Raaltes when he visits Holland. V.R. has very fond remembrances of all the help he gave when the Van Raaltes wintered in Detroit in 1846-47. "We [Van Raalte and his wife] both remember yet, with deep feeling and thank[s] to God our kind father and to you, all the kindniss [sic] shown to us at the time when we were helpless strangers in a strange land. You were to us like an angel of God."




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

Letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to Theodore Romeyn