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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to his son, Ben, giving a least half of the space to spiritual concerns for Ben's spiritual life and the rest to personal matters. A.C.V.R. misses the comforts of home but is in good spirits although he feels he is aging fast. His wife "is in reasonably good health although I sometimes fear for her. She misses the family, is bothered with rheumatism and frequently has cramps at night."




Amelia Court House, VA.


Translation by Clarence Jalving.

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 Letter of A. C. Van Raalte to His Son, Ben