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In a letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Dirk Broek, pastor of the Reformed Church in Graafschap, Michigan, just south west of the City of Holland, V.R. apologizes that he cannot be at the meeting next Monday due to "bad rheumatic pains and related miseries." The purpose of the meeting is not stated other than to say V.R. says that congregations should not be weakened by mislocation of church buildings.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; It is not known where the original is but a transcription was published in the Broek family genealogy entitled "The Broek and Jonker Families of Holland, Michigan, and Provinces of Overijssel and Groningen" by Dirk Broek and revised by Revs. Albertus T. and John Y. Broek, 1913.

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.

Letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Dirk Broek