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A resolution of the Common Council of the City of Holland, upon learning that A. C. Van Raalte "intends to leave for an indefinite period, and devote the greater part of his labors to the interests of a New Colony in Virginia," expresses its deep "regret for the removal of the founder of our City and Colony, their appreciation of his successful efforts in planting the Holland Colony, and laying the foundations of a large and prosperous community here,..."




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands 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 National Archives of the Netherlands.


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 National Archives of the Netherlands.

A Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Holland