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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his daughter, Christina, who is in Fairview, Illinois, at this time. V.R. reported that Mrs. Van Raalte had all of her upper teeth pulled that afternoon and will have an upper plate made. The Van Raaltes expected to leave for Allegan by boat that evening because V.R. had to meet the manager of the railroad to discuss business. V.R. concludes his letter by saying, "From your Father who loves you with all his heart."




Chicago, Ill[inois]


In Dutch. Translated by Joseph Rowan, 1941.

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.

A Letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Daughter, Christina