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Hendrik Merckens of Culenborg and his wife plan to emigrate to America. He now is asking Rev. Albertus Van Raalte for advice about making this move. He is the headmaster of the school on Culenborg. He has a broad background. He also would like to know what they should bring along to the United States.




Culenborg, Province of South Holland, the Netherlands


Transcription and translation by Nella Kennedy, February, 2015.

Description of the document and reference to Charles Vander Broek 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 by Charles Vander Broek.


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 Charles Vander Broek.

Letter from Hendrik Merckens of Culenborg to A. C. Van Raalte