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A Mr. M. Hulsebos and P. Van Den Berg have written to the editor of De Hope which appeared in the January 20 issue giving a description of the Amelia Colony which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte has promoted. The land is good, the climate is pleasant, and people are friendly. Anyone willing to work can make good progress there.




Mattoax, Amelia, Court House, Virginia


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

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 Mr. M. Hulsebos and P. Van Den Berg Have Written to the Editor of De Hope