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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his son-in-law, the Rev. Pieter Jan Oggel, which was published in De Hope on this date, reporting on his attendance at a "Christian State Convention." From what V.R. says in his letter, this organization is apparently concerned with evangelizing the State of Michigan. V.R. does not mention where the convention was held but it met in a large Congregational church which could seat as many as 1200 people. V.R. was very impressed with the quality and Christian conviction of the speakers. The convention had a very evangelistic tone which would have appealed to V.R.."In all these meetings my soul was struck with the great need to be with Jesus and have His love in our heart." And "Again I am convinced that it is very important for Ministers and for the church of God in the world to meet each other and encourage each other to do the work of the Lord." This letter is a good example of V.R.'s ecumenical spirit.




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.

A Letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Son-in-Law, the Rev. Eter Jan Oggel Published in De Hope