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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his son-in-law, the Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, which was published in De Hope on October 23, reporting on his visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Racine, Wisconsin, Fulton, Illinois, and Forestville, Minnesota. He said that a number of people from Muskegon had settled in Fulton, Illinois, and were now petitioning the Classis of Wisconsin to organize as a congregation. V.R. had preached for this group which is building a sanctuary. The group in Forestville was mainly a group that left Waupun, Wisconsin. An elder of the group was a Mannes Mensink. V.R. gives the readers a full description of this community as well as the Fulton one. Van Raalte adds: "There is no better way for me to spend my last days encouraging this divine, wise and blessed gift of congregations." [He is now 55 years old!]




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 of Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Son-in-Law, the Rev. Pieter J. Oggel Published in De Hope