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A long letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, to his son-in-law, the Rev. Peter J. Oggel, which was published in De Hope, Wednesday, September 30, 1868, p. 2. Van Raalte described the beginnings of the new Dutch settlement at Amelia, is very positive about the development of the various aspects of the settlement including the religious life. V.R. does not appreciate the way African-Americans worship. The letter gives a vivid account of the early days of this ill-fated attempt to found another Dutch colony.




Amelia C[ourt] H[ouse], Virginia


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy.

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 Long letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, to His Son-in-Law, the Rev. Peter J. Oggel, Which Was Published in De Hope